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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lancet Report Calls for a Global War on Meat and Sugar: New at Reason

By Reason Staff - February 02, 2019 at 08:30AM

A Lancet Commission Report released this week calls for a global campaign to combat obesity, malnutrition, and climate change. The report, The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change, claims these problems share a common cause and, hence, may be fixed with a common solution.

The concept of a "syndemic"—basically, two or more related pandemics—is pretty novel. So is tying climate change to both the overconsumption and underconsumption of calories. But the solution the authors propose will sound frustratingly familiar. In short, writes Baylen Linnekin, their big fix is to treat food companies like tobacco companies and tax meats and sugary food and drink.

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