World Obesity Day

World Obesity Day Quick Facts - GB

2024 Date4 March 2024
2025 Date4 March 2025

World Obesity Day

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World Obesity Day History

World Obesity Day seeks to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of obesity worldwide and promote the importance of implementing effective strategies for its prevention and management. The day aims to foster conversations and reduce the stigma surrounding obesity, advocate for better support and resources for those affected, and encourage policy changes at a governmental level. Obesity is a serious health concern that can lead to numerous complications, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

The World Obesity Federation first established World Obesity Day in 2015, with the inaugural event highlighting the need for urgent action against obesity and its impacts on health, society, and the economy. In the United Kingdom, obesity rates have been steadily rising over the past few decades. Currently, around one in four adults is considered obese, while nearly two-thirds of adults are classified as overweight or obese. Additionally, childhood obesity remains a significant concern, with one in five children starting primary school being overweight or obese.

To mark World Obesity Day, various organizations, healthcare professionals, and public health campaigns work together to raise awareness about obesity and its related health risks. Events and activities may include educational seminars, workshops, and community initiatives that focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, such as encouraging regular physical activity and adopting a balanced diet. World Obesity Day takes place on October 11th.

World Obesity Day Facts

  • The theme for World Obesity Day in 2024 was Let’s Talk About Obesity and Women’s Health.
  • The World Obesity Atlas estimates that 2023, there were more than 3.2 billion people living with obesity around the world.
  • According to the UK Government, by 2040, 7 in 10 people will be classed as overweight or obese in the UK.
    According to the UK Parliament, in 2022, 28% of adults in England are obese and 36% are overweight.
  • According to the NHS, obesity is generally caused by eating too much and moving too little. High amounts of fats and sugars do not burn off and much of it is stored by the body as fat.
  • Generally, obesity is more prevalent in the North of England, Wales, and Scotland compared to the southern parts of England.

World Obesity Day Top Things to Do

  • Join in on campaigns that promote and support individuals taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Hashtags such as #WorldObesityDay may be used to share stories and progress.
  • World Obesity Day can be a good opportunity to start a new fitness routine. numerous fitness centres across the UK may offer special classes or promotional discounts.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, yoga, or meditation at home. Engaging in activities that reduce stress can positively impact weight management.
  • Start a small herb or vegetable garden at home. Learn about the benefits of consuming fresh produce and how it can help combat obesity.

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