Press release: World Obesity Day is changing | World Obesity Federation

Press release: World Obesity Day is changing

NewsPress release: World Obesity Day is changing


World Obesity Federation would like to take this opportunity to update you on plans for activities timed to what has traditionally been World Obesity Day on 11 October, and to set the foundation for the new World Obesity Day on March 4, 2020, in concert with members and partners across the globe.  

As mentioned in newsletters, existing and highly impactful days and weeks including European Obesity Day and National Obesity Care Week and World Obesity Day have aligned dates and will hold events and activities in conjunction with World Obesity Day on 4 March 2020.  The new World Obesity Day 2020 will focus on changing the narratives around obesity globally in coordination with national and regional efforts. If your association would like to become more involved with the planning and activities for WOD 2020, email us at – we would love to hear from you! 

Over the next week, there will be many reports and activities ranging from the Swedish Patient Association Zero Tolerance for Weight Stigma Campaign and an obesity awareness programme in Malaysia to the launch of a new report from OECD on the economic challenges of obesity. There will be a  report on childhood obesity in UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children, and a Lancet Public Health comment on weight stigma in health systems by leaders from The Obesity Society, Obesity Canada, Obesity Action Coalition, European Association for the Study of Obesity, Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity, Obesity Medicine Association, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Mexican National Institute for Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India and World Obesity Federation. Obesity Canada will also be releasing a report on the results of the Canadian ACTION Study. We will be sharing messages and urge you to disseminate links through your networks, to ensure that obesity receives the recognition it merits.  

For this Friday 11th October, please feel free to use our World Obesity Day hashtags - #EndWeightStigma and #WorldObesityDay on your social networks.

Please also share your exciting activities and stories with us at

We look forward to hearing from you!