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Consumer Group Calls for Tobacco-Style Plan to Fight Obesity

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Consumers International and World Obesity Federation are calling on the international community to develop a global convention to fight diet-related ill health, similar to the legal framework for tobacco control.

The two international membership bodies will officially launch their recommendations towards a Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

The recommendations call on governments to make a binding commitment to introduce a raft of policy measures designed to help consumers make healthier choices and improve nutrition security for everyone. Measures include placing stricter controls on food marketing, improving the provision of nutrition information, requiring reformulation of unhealthy food products, raising standards for food provided in public institutions and using economic tools to influence consumption patterns.

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