Preventing non-communicable diseases: an integrated community approach

The drastic rise in childhood obesity worldwide reflects the impact of unhealthy modern lifestyles. Over the last decade and a half, the increase of high-sugar, high-fat processed foods in our diets has combined with sedentary behaviour to radically and negatively affect the health of our societies. Initiatives are urgently required which can reduce the resulting individual and societal burden to physical and psychological health and economic development. Jean-Michel Borys and Sandrine Raffin describe a community-based initiative in France that takes a coordinated and socially cohesive approach to preventing obesity and lifestyle-related ill-health.
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France, EPODE, Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé, obesity, nutrition, community