Obesity in Universal Health Coverage

With its inclusion in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the High Level Meeting in September 2019, Universal Health Coverage is high on the political and global health agendas. 

In line with our view that obesity is a disease hyperlink to obesity as a disease policy priority page), World Obesity Federation is calling for obesity prevention, management and treatment to be integrated into Universal Health Coverage as an ‘essential health service’. We urge political leaders to build strong health systems, ensuring they are equipped to manage and treat obesity. Health services should provide people living with obesity with access to appropriate and safe treatments, medicines and support services as well as provide adequate access to specialist health workers. Provisions must be made to ensure health services and workers are sensitive to and do not perpetuate weight stigma.