About Obesity | World Obesity Federation

About Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition described as excess body weight in the form of fat. When accumulated, this fat can lead to severe health impairments. The prevalence of obesity across the world continues to rise, and this is now recognised as one of the most important public health problems facing the world today.

Obesity is a Disease

We support the definition of obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease. Please see below for our statement on why our scientific committee and policy experts hold this position.

Please also check the links below for further information in four key areas that we have identified to learn more about obesity as a whole.

Obesity is a disease: Our statement

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