World Obesity Day, observed on March 4, is an initiative aimed at eradicating the global obesity crisis. Previously, October 11 was marked as Zou Obesity Day. Since 2020, the date has been changed to March 4. To know more about World Obesity Day, let’s know its theme, history and meaning:
World Obesity Day 2022: Theme
‘Everybody Needs to Act’ is the theme for World Obesity Day 2022. In 2021 the chosen theme was ‘Everybody Needs Everyone’ and the campaign turned out to be a great success that year.
World Obesity Day: History
World Obesity Day was first celebrated in 2015. The World Obesity Federation, a non-profit organization that works closely with the WHO and Lancet Commission on Obesity, organizes this day annually.
In 2016, the organization emphasized childhood obesity (in line with the WHO Committee’s report on Ending Childhood Obesity). ‘Treat obesity now and prevent the consequences later’ was the chosen idea for World Obesity Day 2017.
The international body devised a special day to raise awareness about the implications of obesity and how to tackle it at the local, national and global levels to get rid of the disease. Only through a collective effort can a happier, healthier society be built in which people can live longer.
World Obesity Day: Meaning
Dealing with obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges. Worldwide, approximately 800 million people are obese. It is a life-altering disease that increases the likelihood of co-morbidities and exacerbates the risk of serious health problems once affected by Covid-19.
The campaign’s goal is to “lead and direct global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.”
Its importance lies in the effort to redesign or reorient the system to protect the health and future of millions of children and adults.
By offering healthy food and drink, training on how to change a healthy lifestyle, spreading information about the right exercises, encouraging people to part with sedentary lifestyles and stigmatization, the global effort could make a significant contribution. contribute to the elimination of obesity.
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