Today, March 4th is World Obesity Day! World Obesity Day (WOD) is a global effort aiming to change the narrative of obesity around the world. Rather than blame and shame people for having obesity, this awareness day encourages us to consider all the root causes of obesity: genetic, psychological, socio-cultural, economic and environmental.
The theme for World Obesity Day 2023 is Changing Perspectives: Let’s Talk About Obesity. Because when we talk, debate and share, we can change minds, shift norms and transform health outcomes.
Let’s Talk About Obesity
Did you know that 2.6 billion people were living with obesity in 2020? According to the World Obesity 2023 Atlas, 4 billion people around the world will be living with obesity by 2035. That is an increase from 38% of the world’s population in 2020 to over 50% by 2035. Global obesity rates are rising, so it is more important than ever to talk about obesity, its causes and care options.
A conversation can be all it takes to change perspectives. Whether it is healthcare professionals expanding their discussions, the general public sparking a national conversation, or policymakers taking action inspired by debate, every conversation counts.
Here are actions you can take TODAY to start the conversation:
- Download Obesity Care Week’s newest resource: What is Obesity?
- Download World Obesity Day’s Obesity Fact Sheet
- Patients: Download Obesity Care Week’s guide, Weight Management: Starting the Conversation with Your Healthcare Provider
- Healthcare Professionals: Download Obesity Care Week’s guide, Ready to Discuss Treatment Options for Your Patients Living with Obesity: A Guide to Get Started
To learn more about World Obesity Day, visit WorldObesityDay.org.