In the report, the Commission argues that these three pandemics are inextricably linked as a single “Global Syndemic” — and policies designed to solve one of them could help solve the others.
The report includes several specific policy suggestions.
If governments invest in public transportation, for example, people who can’t find work near their homes — and therefore can’t afford food — could have more job options. People who use public transportation also get more exercise than those who drive, so this could also help the obesity epidemic while decreasing personal vehicle emissions.
According the report: “The concept of The Global Syndemic has the potential to bring these closely aligned challenges together under one umbrella and to advance actions and accountability to the next level needed to achieve planetary health.”
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