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Three Key Lessons from Other Countries on How to Approach Obesity

Food systems


September 27th, 2022


While celebrities and influencers are leading the body positivity movement, anti-fat attitudes in the U.S. persist and have even made their way into policies that affect children’s health.

Edward Fischer and Tatiana Paz Lemus from Vanderbilt University’s Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing Initiative highlight important insights from abroad that can be applied to addressing childhood obesity here in the United States.

For example, Brazil’s simple, culturally appropriate dietary guidelines promote unprocessed, traditional foods eaten by people in all social classes and focus on healthy habits and social bonds.

Read the full the post on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Blog to learn more about Brazil’s example and see the three key lessons provided by global insights.

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