Strengthening of accountability systems to create healthy food environments and reduce global obesity

Lancet Series on Obesity

Strengthening of accountability systems to create healthy food environments and reduce global obesityThe Lancet As part of a Lancet's Series on Obesity the authors of this article propose a four step accountability framework for creating healty food environments and reducing global obesity. "The framework identifies multiple levers for change, including quasiregulatory and other approaches that involve government-specified and government-monitored progress of private sector performance, government procurement mechanisms, improved transparency, monitoring of actions, and management of conflicts of interest. Strengthened accountability systems would support government leadership and stewardship, constrain the influence of private sector actors with major conflicts of interest on public policy development, and reinforce the engagement of civil society in creating demand for healthy food environments and in monitoring progress towards obesity action objectives."

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