From the XI International Congress on Obesity

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Gathered in Stockholm this week, 2500 health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and media are gathered from across the world to try and get to grips with obesity.

On first impressions there appears to be a shared sense of disbelief at the speed at which obesity has established itself as the greatest threat to public health this century.

As the obesity epidemic unfolds, the reality that the one billion overweight or obese people now equal the one billion undernourished of the third world, provides a stark reality to the seriousness of the situation.

Nevertheless this coming week is going to provide those attending a chance to learn from each other and strategize for the effective handling of this largely preventable crisis.

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