National Forum on Exchange of Sucessful Experiences in Combating Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes
Place: Hotel Marriot Ixtapan de la Sal, State of Mexico, Mexico Date: 13-14 February 2014
Mexico has made impressive progress during the last year in the prevention and control of overweight, obesity and diabetes, with active support from the WHO Country Office in Mexico. The recently launched National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes aims to slow down the incidence of overweight and obesity and of noncommunicable diseases, particularly diabetes, with emphasis on public health interventions, comprehensive medical care model and effective public policies. Proposed regulatory policies include norms on food and beverages in schools, food labelling, marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children and fiscal measures.
In order to facilitate implementation of the national strategy, the Health Commission of the National Conference of Governors organized a national event to share national and international experiences related to the prevention and control of obesity and diabetes. The event was attended by 32 federal entities, the federal government, legislators, municipalities, academic institutions, civil society and national and international organizations interested in the topic.
The event contributed to establish a mechanism for sharing experiences and best practices and to create synergies between states and municipalities to implement comprehensive programmes for the prevention of obesity and diabetes.
The World Health Organization and the WHO Regional Office for the Americas were invited to support Mexico’s efforts politically and technically, learn from their experience and share international experiences. Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, presented the global perspective on legislation and regulation to prevent and control overweight, obesity and diabetes, which was very well received. Dr Alberto Barceló, Regional Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization, WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, presented on health care strategies for diabetes.
At the closing session, the Governors and Ministers of Health of the different states of Mexico adopted a joint statment confirming their commitment to control and prevent overweight, obesity and diabetes.