World Obesity Live – COVID-19 and Obesity Webinar Series

NewsWorld Obesity Live – COVID-19 and Obesity Webinar Series

In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues launched a series of webinars on COVID-19 & Obesity.

Evidence is emerging that suggests that obesity-related conditions seem to worsen the effects of the virus; individuals with heart disease and diabetes are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications and  patient management for people with obesity in intensive care units presents challenges for healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the front-line. These challenges will strain weak health systems that are already not well set up to manage patients with obesity (as reported by our MAPPS study published on Clinical Obesity).

Are you interested to learn more? Read World Obesity’s position statement on COVID-19 and Obesity here.


Webinar One

The collision of two pandemics: COVID-19 and Obesity

The first webinar of the series presented the growing evidence for the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms amongst patients with obesity.

Presentations addressed:

  • Evidence for increased risk for COVID-19 complications for patients with obesity
  • Evidence for special needs for patients with obesity
  • Evidence for increased viral shedding, reduced response to vaccination for patients with obesity
  • Psychological implications for patients with obesity

Our excellent panel of speakers included Ada Cuevas (Chile), Soo Lim (Korea), Donna Ryan (USA), Karine Clément (France) and Steve Heymsfield (USA).

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Webinar Two

People at the Centre: Obesity, COVID-19, and the Patient Perspective

The second webinar of the series delved into the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for people at the centre; patients with obesity and physicians.

Presentations addressed:

  • The concerns of patients with obesity in the face of the pandemic
  • The use of telemedicine to support obesity medicine practitioners on the front line.
  • The mental health implications for patients with obesity and their families
  • Special challenges and resources for patients and physicians

We were fortunate to be joined by patient representatives Allison Ibrahim (Kuwait) and Vicky Mooney (Ireland). Moreover Rekha Kumar, our colleague on the front line in NYC. Finally, Rachel Batterham (United Kingdom), Alice Pik Shan Kong (Hong Kong) and Abdullah AlOzairi (Kuwait).

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Webinar Three

Children, Obesity and COVID-19: Risk and recommendations for the most vulnerable populations

The third webinar of the series explored the implications of COVID-19 for children, and the impact of the pandemic on the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, a crucial public health concern.

Presentations addressed:

  • The existing public health approaches to address childhood obesity
  • The challenges and solutions for childhood obesity through a low middle-income country (LMIC) and equity lens
  • The impact of COVID-19 on childhood and adolescent obesity treatment

We were delighted to welcome colleagues from members TOS and EASO; Ania Jastreboff (USA) & Grace O’Malley (Ireland). Moreover, panellists from Latin America and the USA; Paula Michele Lashley (Barbados), Jo Jewell (USA) and Simon Barquera (Mexico).

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Webinar Four

COVID-19 and obesity: Emerging insights and policy implications

This fourth webinar explored the latest data that is emerging on COVID-19 and obesity, with a particular focus on the policy implications and policy response to date on obesity. Taking place a week after the WHO’s World Health Assembly, the webinar reflected on some of the opportunities for raising the profile of obesity on the global health agenda.

Presentations addressed:

  • The emerging data on COVID-19 and obesity
  • National COVID-19 responses that have included obesity
  • The WHO NCD response to COVID-19
  • Opportunities to raise the profile of obesity on the global health agenda
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World Obesity Live slide decks

The collision of two pandemics: COVID-19 and obesity

Slide deck for the first World Obesity Live webinar on COVID-19 & Obesity.

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People at the Centre: Obesity, COVID-19, and the Patient Perspective

Slide deck for the second World Obesity Live webinar on COVID-19 & Obesity.

Download (2.93 MB)

Children, Obesity and COVID-19: Risk and recommendations for the most vulnerable populations

Slide deck for the third World Obesity Live webinar on COVID-19 & Obesity.

Download (2.52 MB)

COVID-19 and obesity: Emerging insights and policy implications

Slide deck for the fourth World Obesity Live webinar on COVID-19 & Obesity.

Download (4.23 MB)

Claiming SCOPE Points

Each webinar has been accredited with 0.5 SCOPE points, which count towards SCOPE Certification. SCOPE Certification is conferred by the World Obesity Federation and is the internationally recognised standard of excellence in obesity management. SCOPE Certification is awarded to health professionals with obesity management experience who have earned 12 SCOPE points.

Please indicate your interest to claim SCOPE points when you register.

CPD Accreditation

The World Obesity Federation endevour to get each webinar CPD Accredited. Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality.