For #WorldObesityDay 2017 we called on all governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. Investing in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.
The number of adults suffering from overweight and obesity continues to rise. On current trends, 2.7bn adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025.
We need to treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later.
/ Avoiding the consequences of obesity
Untreated, obesity is responsible for a significant proportion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer.
If we don’t tackle obesity the medical bill for treating the diseases that follow directly from obesity is expected to reach US$1.2 trillion per year by 2025.
Investing in the prevention, management and treatment of obesity is a cost-effective action for governments and health services. Investment can help achieve the 2025 targets set by the World Health Organization to halt the rise in obesity and to achieve a 25% relative reduction in mortality from NCDs.
Worldwide annual costs of treating the serious consequences of obesity in 2014 were...
/ Our Calls to Action
To tackle obesity it is vital that everyone who wants treatment has access to the best services available. Treatment services around the world must be strengthened.
Invest in treatment services to support people affected by obesity
This will require:
Recognition that obesity is a disease and needs appropriate professional support
Universal access, health coverage and insurance cover for obesity treatments
Clear care pathways for people affected by obesity
Multi-disciplinary teams to support the treatment of obesity
Access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices as appropriate for individual needs
Comprehensive follow-up services
Invest in early intervention to improve the success of treatment
Everyone who wants support with weight management should have access to early interventions.
Invest in prevention to reduce the need for treatment
Preventing weight gain and preventing weight re-gain are essential to meeting the World Health Organization targets and are also important for ensuring that obesity treatment is effective.
Early intervention means investing in:
National guidelines for the care and management for all people affected by overweight and obesity, particularly those from vulnerable populations
Freely available primary health care consultations
Health care professionals trained in patient engagement and avoidance of weight stigmatization
Group and individual weight management services
Personal, family, school and workplace support
Universal access to monitoring and continuing care services
to support people with obesity
Preventing obesity needs to include:
Education to ensure popular support for creating healthy environments
Improved local food environments to ensure easy access to affordable healthy food
Improved local neighbourhoods which support active leisure and travel
Market interventions to support and improve dietary choices
Health promotion throughout the life course to protect the health of current and future generations
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