Global health diplomacy for obesity prevention: lessons from tobacco control

J Public Health Policy. 2010 Jul;31(2):244-55. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2010.4.


To date the global health diplomacy agenda has focused primarily on infectious diseases. Policymakers have not dedicated the same level of attention to chronic diseases, despite their rising contribution to the global burden of disease. Negotiation of the Framework convention on tobacco control provides an apt example from global health diplomacy to tackle diet-related chronic diseases. What lessons can be learned from this experience for preventing obesity? This article looks at why a global policy response is necessary, at the actors and interests involved in the negotiations, and at the forum for diplomacy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Tobacco*