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Obesity prevention: the case for action



1. Obesity and the global burden of disease

2. Prevalence, trends and economics

3. Targets for action

4. The action agenda

5. Potential solutions

6. Tracking outcomes

7. Glossary of terms

8. Key references and further reading

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Kumanyika, S., Jeffery, R., Morabia, A. et al. Obesity prevention: the case for action. Int J Obes 26, 425–436 (2002).

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