Today, not one single country is on track to halt the rise in obesity by 2025 putting all WHO-related targets in serious jeopardy.
In the present report, obesity is defined as a risk factor linked to unhealthy diets, reflecting the persistent misunderstanding of obesity. ICD-11 defines obesity as a chronic, multifactorial disease requiring prevention, management and treatment. The constant proliferation of single silo solutions will continue to hinder progress and result in more disability and death.
We urge Member States to:
- request that WHO make obesity a strategic priority and develop a Global Obesity Action Plan on Obesity. This would support implementation and help translate the recommendations and targets into meaningful national action
- use an equity lens and consult with civil society and people with lived experience, and address the underlying social and commercial determinants of health.