Earlier this month we welcomed our first new members of 2024 - Obesity Action Scotland, and the Association for the Fight Against Obesity, Costa Rica.
We are confident that our new members will prove to be key allies in the task of addressing obesity, with both organisations closely involved in the fight to adopt robust obesity policies in their respective countries. Moreover, both are involved in campaigns to raise awareness among the general public and the fight for the respectful treatment of those living with this disease.
Obesity Action Scotland was established in 2015 to provide clinical leadership and independent advocacy on preventing and reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland. Affiliated to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, OAS aims to promote understanding of what drives obesity and its associated health problems, raising awareness among health practitioners, policy makers and the general public. It also aims to evaluate current research and identify strategies to prevent obesity and overweight based on the best available evidence.
OAS works with key organisations from a range of sectors in Scotland and further afield, leading key campaigns such as ‘Child-healthy weight matters to me!’, while also providing accurate weight data in Scotland. OAS joins World Obesity as a Full Member.
The Costa Rican organisation known as the Association for the Fight against Obesity (ALCO) is a non-profit dedicated to preventing and addressing high obesity rates in Costa Rica, through advocacy with lawmakers and resource-sharing initiatives for health professionals and national media. Importantly, ALCO provides support tools for those living with obesity.
Jose Arturo Vega Boza, Executive Director, said the following:
“We are very grateful to be accepted as Associate Members of the World Obesity Federation. It is an honour to be a part of this important institution and to contribute to the mission of addressing and fighting this worldwide health problem. We look forward to close collaboration with other members of the Federation, sharing knowledge, best practice and working together to find innovative solutions to this health challenge. We are committed to contributing our knowledge and advance towards a healthier future.”
From all at World Obesity, we welcome both organisations to the family and look forward to continued virtual and in-person collaboration.
World Obesity membership is open to organisations studying or advocating for prevention and treatment of obesity and related comorbidities, as well as those promoting respectful care towards people living with obesity. If you believe your organisation would be eligible for World Obesity Federation membership, please fill out the Membership Application Form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.