We asked our SCPN team and friends what they thought was the most interesting paper that had come across their desks this year. We asked Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland, for her nomination for paper of the year 2019 and this is what she had to say:
“Lifestyle choice, lifestyle related condition… all too often obesity is described in these terms. Such a reductionist approach to a complex issue repeatedly forms the dialogue in our current UK political climate. The paper I am nominating for paper of the year is far from reductionist”
The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report
Boyd A Swinburn, Vivica I Kraak, Steven Allender et al.
Why this paper?
This paper presents obesity, alongside malnutrition and climate change as consequences of common systemic drivers. One of these drivers is a global industrial system producing and stimulating consumption at rates that harm our health and the environment. While it is easy to feel powerless when faced with addressing this, the authors suggest a range of actions to change the food and built environment for the better. The most significant conclusion is that it will be the tenacity of coalitions and power of evidence that will ensure system change in the future. We all can make a difference.