Overweight and Obesity in Asia and the Pacific: Facts, Prospects, Consequences, and Policies for Better Health

Event | 25 - 26 February 2016
ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Purpose

This activity is part of the thematic area of inclusive and sustainable growth and will contribute to ADB’s policy dialogue with countries on how to develop sustainable health financing models, which need to consider investing in noncommunicable disease prevention to limit the cost explosion of health care in countries in Asia and the Pacific. The findings could also be used to contribute to ADB’s urban health flagship program and provide advice on how to improve urban planning to increase the physical activity of urban populations.

Background

In recent years, countries in the Asia and the Pacific region have not only recorded high rates of economic growth, but also high rates of overweight and obesity. Overweight and obesity are important risk factors for various chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer. Both conditions reduce productivity and thus have a direct impact on economic output. Furthermore, both conditions are typically chronic and often require lifelong treatment, which weighs heavily on the health spending of both households and governments.

Objectives

The aim of this project is to better understand the determinants of the growth in overweight and obesity in Asia and the Pacific and to estimate the economic costs of the conditions.

Participants

Policy makers, academics, outside researchers, and the public; approximately 15 participants.

Output

Better understanding of the determinants of the growth in overweight and obesity in Asia and the Pacific and an estimate the economic costs of the conditions.

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Time of event

Day 1: 9:30 - 18:00
Day 2: 9:30 - 13:00