World Obesity Day – Time to Take Action
World Obesity Day – Time to Take Action
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Highlights:

  • World Obesity Day observed globally since 2015 on the 11th October to educate and raise awareness among the
    general public about the dangers of obesity and ways to control the
    growing epidemic
  • Obesity is one of
    the main risk factors of several chronic diseases such as heart disease,
    cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver disease
  • Approximately 2.8
    million persons die each year due to obesity-related illnesses and now obesity has been recognized as a
    chronic potentially life-threatening disease that should be addressed by health
    personnel and policymakers at the highest level

World Obesity Day observed on 11th October is an
initiative of the World Obesity Federation to push efforts aimed at raising
awareness about as well as prevention and treating obesity. By 2018, the
campaign had reached over 10 million people across the world and continues to
stride forward.

Broad Objectives of World Obesity Day

  • Raise awareness
    and educate the public about the
    dangers of obesity
  • Support the
    campaigns of organizations advocating obesity-related problems
  • Urge governments
    and policymakers to become involved in the global war against obesity
  • To motivate
    people to follow a balanced diet reduce sedentary lifestyle habits
    and participate in some regular physical activity to stay fit and healthy
  • Encouraging
    individuals to share their experiences and stories on successfully overcoming
    obesity

How We Can Raise Awareness About Dangers of
Obesity

  • Download campaign
    material and posters and messages from the official website and share
    widely on social media such as Facebook and Twitter about the harms of
    obesity and ways to prevent or reduce its incidence
  • Hospitals and
    clinics must display prominent messages about obesity,
    ways to lose weight and offer free counseling to the public about measures to tackle obesity
  • Print and visual
    media, as well as radio
    stations, must carry educational
    programs and discussions related to obesity and other
    obesity-related health problems
  • Form support
    groups in your community to provide a platform for persons with weight
    issues to discuss their struggles and learn from the experiences of others
  • Governments and
    local administration must regulate the sale of foods rich in trans fats, and thereby reducing obesity
    risk, especially among adolescents and kids
  • Parents and
    teachers should educate kids on making the right food
    choices
    , avoiding highly-processed junk foods and engaging
    in daily sports and exercise
  • Help a friend or
    family member suffering from obesity or overweight to lose weight without
    being judgmental
  • Making obesity a
    stigma defeats the purpose of the campaign since it discourages persons from
    seeking treatment for the condition

‘Obesity has become a global health burden, thereby increasing the risk of developing a wide range of chronic diseases. On the other hand, being obese and overweight can also affect both physical as well as mental wellbeing of a person. Therefore, on this World Obesity Day, let us all unite together and take an extra mile to end weight stigma and tackle obesity.’
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Obesity Facts & Figures

Dangers of Obesity

Excess
body weight can lead to a wide range of health problems and complications such
as

In conclusion, obesity has now
become
more common and considered a potentially life-threatening
condition.
However, it is preventable through healthy living and needs to
be addressed urgently to improve the health of the population through education
and awareness campaigns. On this World Obesity Day, let us
all unite in the war against obesity to live a longer and healthier
life.

References :

  1. Prevention of Obesity(https://www.worldobesity.org/about/about-obesity/prevention-of-obesity)
  2. World Obesity Day – How to Get Involved(https://www.obesityday.worldobesity.org/take-action)
  3. World Obesity Day(https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/HealthAwareness/healthDay/2019/Pages/HealthDay-2019-10-11.aspx)

Source: Medindia

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