World Obesity News

Welcome to the World Obesity news page, where we provide the latest updates and information from us and the obesity community.

You can access press releases regarding recent news in the obesity field, any newsletters you may have missed, and insightful blogposts from leading professionals in the field. 


World Obesity’s comments on the zero draft of the outcome document for the third UN High-level meeting on NCDs’ 


World Obesity Federation publishes briefing for Heads of State, ahead of UN HLM on NCDs

Ahead of next week's Third High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases, on the 27th September, we have published our briefing for Heads of State, Ministers of Health and other government representatives in order to address respond and address the global obesity crisis at the UNHLM. You can find our briefing by clicking here!


World Obesity Federation and partners launch EU project STOP

The project will examine potential opportunities for interventions to help reduce the high burden of childhood obesity in Europe.. You can read the full press release here.


World Obesity Federation welcomes increasing use of sugar taxes worldwide

The World Obesity Federation, an international professional society representing over 50, 000 clinicians and researchers globally, has lent support to the increasing use of sugar taxes to reduce consumption of sugary beverages and snacks. Please click here to read the full statement.


World Obesity Federation kick off EU project CO-CREATE 

The project will focus on working together with adolscents to create, inform and disseminate policies in a bid to tackle obesity among their peers. You can read the full press release here.


WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs

The WHO’s High-Level Commission on NCDs has been tasked to come up with a list of bold ideas to address NCDs ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting in September.

You can read the final report of the Commission here, along with our statement  and position on soda taxes which have been left out of the final report as a recommendation.

Our resonse to the public consultation on an earlier draft is  here.


71st World Health Assembly

World Obesity made the following statements at the 71st World Health Assembly

Preparations for the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs 2019-2023

Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019-2023

Health, environment and climate change

Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (in collaboration with WCRF International, NCD Alliance, ISPAH)

Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health (In collaboration with WCRF International, NCD Alliance, 1000 Days and UICC)


Other news 

  • Why we need to change the narrative around Obesity - World Economic Forum. 

  • €9.5m pan-European project to tackle adolescent obesity announced. Click here for the full story

  • World Obesity publishes position statement in Obesity Reviews defining obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease, alongside an accompanying commentary. Click here to access both papers.

  • World Obesity, WCRF International and the NCD Alliance have issued a joint response to the WHO Implementation Plan for the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO). You can read it here.

New Lancet study assesses the relevance of mortality to BMI, overweight and obesity, and mortality in different populations. Read the study here


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