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World Health Organization (WHO) Biography

Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Obesity is a chronic disease, prevalent in both developed and developing countries, and affecting children as well as adults. Indeed, it is now so common that it is replacing the more traditional public health concerns, including undernutrition and infectious disease, as one of the most significant contributors to ill health.”

“Obesity: Preventing and Managing the Global Epidemic,”, 2000


“WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.”

“About WHO,” (accessed Jan. 20, 2010)


“Building on WHO’s mandate and its comparative advantage, six
core functions have been defined for the Organization.

1. Providing leadership on matters critical to health and
engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
2. Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation,
translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
3. Setting norms and standards, and promoting and monitoring
their implementation;
4. Articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
5. Providing technical support, catalysing change, and building
sustainable institutional capacity;
6. Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.”

“Eleventh General Programme of Work 2006-2015 A Global Health Agenda,”, May 2006

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