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11 October is World Obesity Day. This year we are focusing on ending childhood obesity.
The prevalence of infant, childhood and adolescent obesity is rising around the world. While levels are plateauing in some countries and regions, the absolute numbers continue to rise, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
We know that no single intervention can halt the rise of the growing obesity epidemic and that we will need a whole range of policies and interventions in order prevent, manage, treat and ultimately end child obesity. This will require a whole-of-government approach, with health considered across sectors, in order to improve population health and health equity.
World Obesity Day will highlight the need for action and the role everyone can play in ending childhood obesity, to ensure a healthier future for all.
We need urgent action
We are using this opportunity to call for governments around the world to take urgent action to end childhood obesity by 2025.
We are calling for
We urge all governments to implement the recommendations made earlier this year by the WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, as a minimum standard. http://www.who.int/end-childhood-obesity/publications/echo-report/en/
To help make World Obesity Day a success we need your help.
There are so many different ways that people can get involved with World Obesity Day, no matter who you are, where you are or how much time you have. Your involvement could be about raising awareness through social media, raising awareness among the public or getting involved with government focused advocacy. Every little bit counts.
We have put together key information, resources and messages to help and encourage you and your contacts to get involved with this first World Obesity Day:
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World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through our membership we create a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity.
Our mission is to lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.