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Third Cycle of the WHO NCD Lab: Tackling obesity through innovation and global action


The NCD Lab is accepting proposals from April 4th to June 30th 2022.

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The focus of the third cycle of the NCD Lab is on obesity.

Recent trends show a global increase in the number of people living with obesity. Latest findings highlight that countries will not only miss the 2025 WHO targets to halt the rise of obesity at 2010 levels, but that the number of people with obesity is expected to double across the globe by 2030.

As part of WHO’s Acceleration Plan to tackle and reverse obesity, the NCD Lab is calling for innovative approaches that address the complex determinants of obesity and have the potential to positively impact people’s decisions around food intake and physical activity.

Submissions must address one of the three NCD Lab themes:


Women and Girls:
By 2030, 1 in 5 women will be living with obesity, as compared to 1 in 7 men. Gender and other intersecting inequalities in areas such as education, the care economy, health care systems, mobility and cultural norms restrict the choices that girls and women of all ages are able to make around food intake and physical activity.

Submission Pack: NCDs and the Next Generation (Arabic | Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish)


NCDs and the Next Generation:
Children and adolescents are more vulnerable to commercial marketing of unhealthy foods, as well as inadequate nutrition in lower-and-middle income countries. Children and adolescents with obesity are also more likely to experience stigma, bullying and mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem.

Submission Pack: NCDs and the Next Generation (Arabic | Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish)


Meaningful Engagement of PLWNCDs and Mental Health Conditions:
Obesity is both an NCD and a significant risk factor for NCDs, particularly hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. The relationship between obesity and mental health conditions is also bi-directional – people living with obesity are more likely to experience mental health conditions such as depression and vice versa. People living with NCDs and mental health conditions must therefore be at the centre of policies, programmes and services aimed at the prevention, management and treatment of NCDs, including obesity.

Submission Pack: Meaningful Engagement of PLWNCDs and Mental Health Conditions (Arabic | Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish)

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