Bringing together the global community, we’re working towards building happier, healthier and longer lives for everybody.
The mission of World Obesity Day
Obesity is a disease. We are raising awareness and improving understanding of its root causes and the actions needed to address them.
Changing the way obesity is addressed across society, we’re encouraging people to become advocates, standing up and calling for change.
Creating a healthy environment that prioritises obesity as a health issue, we’re working to change policy to build the right support systems for the future.
Stronger together, we’re creating platforms to share experiences, inspiring and uniting a global community to work towards our common goal.
Animation: Every body Needs Everybody
Obesity is a disease and must be treated as one. We all have a role to play in supporting and advocating for people living with obesity. We must recognise that every body matters if we are to build a healthier world for everybody.
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Dr Saifullah’s Story
I am a healthcare professional, but the only advice I received from colleagues was ‘Just eat less and move more’. But my body just resisted weight loss after a certain point - it was like waging war with my own body. Finally, I was offered the treatment that I needed to manage my obesity. For me, bariatric surgery was the right path, allowing my body to get to the stage where it would work with me, not against me. I want my own patients to receive the individual support they need to manage their disease.
I was brought up in environment full of carbs, where healthy food was considered expensive. Our neighbourhood had little space for activities, and poverty and poor eating meant I rapidly gained weight. However, as a teenager, I noticed my body. I started focussing on healthy food and exercise. Initially I was discouraged when I didn't lose weight, but at university, I discovered body building and focused on being fit.
I grew up with obesity in my family. As a child, I was put on restrictive diets and developed a negative relationship with food. The stigma I experienced living with obesity damaged my mental health and made it harder to stay healthy. I am now a patient advocate and my dream is that people living with obesity have support, love, hope, confidence and respect.
800 million people around the world are living with obesity.
The medical consequences of obesity will cost over $1 trillion by 2025.
People living with obesity are twice as likely to be hospitalized if tested positive for COVID-19.
Childhood obesity is expected to increase by 60% over the next decade, reaching 250 million by 2030.