Dr. William Dietz, chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), was the senior author on a report by The Lancet Commission on Obesity that was ranked one of the top 100 academic papers for 2019. The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research published in 2019 that has generated significant international online attention and discussion.
The report examined ‘The Global Syndemic,’ defined as the synergistic interactions of the pandemics of obesity, undernutrition and climate change. The report called on global leaders and policymakers to rethink economic incentives and commercial interests within the food, transportation and land use systems and recommended actions that would address these growing public health problems.
The Lancet Commission on Obesity was the result of a three-year project that included 26 experts from 14 countries. Dr. Dietz co-chaired the commission along with Dr. Boyd Swinburn, a professor of population nutrition and global health in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.
“I am pleased that our report received this recognition and continues to be a useful framework for the field,” Dr. Dietz said. “Climate change is the most urgent issue affecting the health of people and the planet and the need to act on our recommendations is more critical than ever. We look forward to continuing to partner across the country and across the globe to move the needle on this pressing public health challenge.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 10