For too long, we have all failed on obesity, and have witnessed generations of misunderstanding, fragmentation, underinvestment in and stigmatisation of obesity and those affected by it.
The world is catastrophically off-track to meet the World Health Organization’s 2025 obesity targets to which all world leaders committed in 2013. It is time to deliver a Global Action Plan on obesity covering prevention and treatment, across the life course, adaptable for different contexts, and with people at the centre.
More than 1 billion people around the world will be living with obesity by 2030
Obesity will more than double in lower- and middle-income countries from 2020-2030
and 1/7 men will be living with obesity by 2030
and adolescents globally are projected to be affected by obesity by 2030
Our letter for world leaders
More than 175 obesity experts and advocates from around the world have signed an open letter to the world’s health leaders, calling on them to lend their support for a comprehensive, cohesive, and integrated approach to prevent and treat obesity, at the World Health Assembly in May 2022.
Obesity organisations around the world are advocating for national and global policy changes to address the root causes of obesity. The ‘ROOTS’ Framework provides suggestions for obesity policy and advocacy that can be adapted to different national settings. It has been developed with the input of obesity experts and organisations across the globe. Although our recommendations are not all universally applicable, they provide ideas and inspiration that can be adopted or adapted in various settings to address the root causes of obesity. We hope that you find it useful.
Read more about the 'ROOTS' Framework in the Global Obesity Forum's Declaration from World Obesity Day 2021.
Treatment of obesity, using evidence-based, dignified, non-stigmatising and person-centred approaches – including behavioural, pharmacological, digital, nutritional, physical-activity based and surgical interventions – should be accessible to all people with obesity.
Systems-based approaches should be applied to the management of obesity, aimed at strengthening health systems, enabling obesity’s incorporation into primary and secondary care, and addressing the environmental, social and commercial roots of obesity.
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Bite Back 2030 – the UK youth movement demanding healthier food systems
Currently, the food system is rigged against us. We can and must redesign the system to protect the health and futures of millions of children.
At Bite Back 2030 we believe that every young person deserves access to healthy, nutritious food, no matter where they live. We’re a youth-led movement working to redesign the food system and put child health first. That means healthy schools, healthy streets, and healthy screens – everywhere because children living in the poorest areas are twice as likely to be affected than their wealthiest peers.
Bite Back was founded in 2019 by chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver and philanthropist Nicolai Tangen. Our mission is to protect child health by halving childhood obesity by 2030 and to close the inequality gap. Currently, the food system is rigged against us, flooding our world with junk food then putting billions into marketing that makes it impossible to resist. We can and must redesign the system to protect the health and futures of millions of children.
Over the past year, our young people have achieved incredible results, with our National Youth Board going from strength to strength. Their recent #SpillTheBeans campaign has exposed the shocking reality of the school food experience and provides compelling evidence for the UK government to uphold School Food Standards.
In response to the bombardment of junk food advertising experienced by young people, our fantastic Youth Board Chair, Dev, secured a huge win this year, with the Government pledging to end Junk Food advertising online. It was a true team effort; our young people met MPs, wrote letters, and shared powerful content – and we won’t stop until the world-leading measures come into force!
We’ve built on the success of previous campaigns, with significant policy changes on the extension of free school meals over the holidays continuing through 2021 – all sparked by Youth Board Member Christina’s inspiring petition which was signed by 450,000 people. Speaking about youth activism as she was awarded the prestigious Diana Award in 2021, she said: ‘Young people have a voice in the issues which matter most to them and are driving the change to protect child health. It's insane that not every child has access to healthy and nutritious food. All children should be treated fairly and have the same chances to thrive and be healthy, no matter where they live.’
And as we build on these successes, we’ve established two new Regional Youth Boards in London and Birmingham, with three more planned for 2022. We’ve also rolled out our School Food Champions programme in 50 schools, with funding for another 100 later this year.
Watch Bite Back 2030’s latest film, Mascots Anonymous, which is part of the #DontHideWhatsInside campaign: