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Policy Makers

Let's talk about... bold policies

In 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a new set of recommendations on the prevention, management and treatment of obesity throughout the life course.

This was a major milestone for obesity policy and an opportunity to raise obesity up political agendas, but we can't stop there. Policymakers need to act urgently on these recommendations to help prevent further increases in rates of obesity and other non-communicable diseases.

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An estimated 1.9 billion people around the world will be living with obesity by 2035

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of GDP

Overweight and obesity is expected to cost 2.9% of GDP in 2035

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Nearly 400 million children are expected to have obesity by 2035

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Adult obesity is expected to increase by over 60% between 2020 and 2035

Let’s get talking...

This World Obesity Day, start a conversation about obesity with someone you know. Why not begin with one of the topics below? Or choose from our wider selection of topic cards.

Let's talk about... obesity rising in every continent

Obesity is on the rise globally, with 1.9 billion people predicted to be living with the disease by 2035. That's why action is more urgent than ever.

Let's talk about... how we can make addressing obesity a collective effort

We need to change the perception of obesity from ME to WE. The roots of obesity are systemic, society-wide problems, and it requires a collective response. How can we work together to build a movement for beating obesity?

Let's talk about... bold policies

Policy makers must prioritise obesity and create national action plans. What stage is your country at? And what should decision-makers do next?

Let's talk about... turning conversations into action

When we talk, debate and share our stories we can change perspectives and transform health outcomes. Together, we can be a powerful voice calling for real action. What will you do? Read on for more ideas.

Get involved

Gather the facts

Having up-to-date data about obesity in your country will strengthen your call for change. The Global Obesity Observatory provides country and regional reports, presentation maps, data on the economic impact of obesity, common comorbidities, the drivers of obesity, and more.

The interactive platform lets you browse, filter and download data, view trends over time, and create your own bespoke charts. It is available in a variety of languages.

visit the global obesity observatory

World Obesity Atlas 2023

Why we need to act now

The World Obesity Atlas report provides a comprehensive look at obesity globally and where we are in 2023. This year it will cover:

  • Current and projected economic impact of overweight and obesity
  • Predictions for the prevalence of obesity up to the year 2035
  • Obesity-NCD Preparedness ranking
  • >180 country scorecards

The Atlas will be published here on World Obesity Day (4 March 2023).

Push for National Action Plans

The new WHO recommendations serve as a framework on which to base comprehensive national action on obesity.

Now is the time to call on your national government to take strong, decisive action on obesity through national plans and strategies. This will require a cross-governmental approach with actions covering prevention and management, bringing together different sectors from health and education to environment and social policy, and targeting all ages and communities.

National plans can play an important role in reducing fragmentation and silos in obesity policy and action.

Case Study Background

POLICY MAKERS

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Desiderata Institute - Advocacy for the passage of a law to fight childhood obesity :

I’ve been working on a legislative advocacy project to pass and implement a law to fight childhood obesity in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro.

Fabíola, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Join our campaign

The more people call for action on obesity, the more governments have to listen. Join the World Obesity Day campaign to spread the word about obesity and its impacts. Whoever you are, wherever in the world, your voice can help bring about lasting change. We have a range of resources that you can use to spread your message:

  • Hold conversations with leaders and policymakers
  • Organise a workshop or training session
  • Print and share obesity information
  • Spread the word on social media
  • Share your story
Find campaign tips and resources