The world of weight seems to be full of extremes. We see women in Hollywood and the fashion world suffering from the too skinnys. We also keep hearing, almost daily, how obesity is on the rise in the U.S., Europe and now China. Well the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to get involved.
Fox News reports that WHO created a charter to combat obesity and 53 European nations have climbed on board. Their new charter requires governments to adopt regulations for safer roads to promote cycling and walking. In the Netherlands I remember seeing everyone biking – women older than my mom, little kids, and I even saw one woman carrying her cello while biking. Also on WHO's agenda calls for access to healthy foods in low income, urban areas. I know this is a problem in the U.S. too – you can’t even buy fresh produce with food stamps. The charter also addresses childhood obesity which is on the rise--most definitely in the U.S.
Will these things reverse the trend? Probably not, but I sure do think they can help.