World Obesity Day 2016: Childhood Obesity
The theme for this year’s World Obesity Day 2016 (October 11th) is childhood and adolescent obesity. With over 223 million schoolchildren considered to be overweight or obese, childhood obesity is rapidly becoming concerning global health issue. By 2025, this number is expected to rise to 268 million children.
Helping consumers to choose healthy diets has been an important part of the campaign work conducted by CI and our Members in recent years. Our recent blog post on the topic recommended that in light of the recent ‘Ending Childhood Obesity’ report commissioned by the World Health Organisation, there is a need for an international legal framework to support action at national level.
CI are supporting the World Obesity Federation’s (WOF) call for urgent government action to end childhood obesity.
How can you get involved? There are plenty of ways to participate in raising awareness of childhood obesity as a global consumer issue. You can engage in the social media activity on the day by using #WorldObesityDay. The WOF have prepared a series of readymade posts, which can he found here.
You can also download the World Obesity Day infographics to share with your followers.
Our work on promoting health diets worldwide
Consumers International and World Obesity Federation are calling on the international community to develop a global convention to fight diet-related ill health, similar to the legal framework for tobacco control.
The Recommendations call on governments to make a binding commitment to introduce a raft of policy measures designed to help consumers make healthier choices and improve nutrition security for everyone.
Measures include placing stricter controls on food marketing, improving the provision of nutrition information, requiring reformulation of unhealthy food products, raising standards for food provided in public institutions and using economic tools to influence consumption patterns.
Unhealthy diets now rank above tobacco as a global cause of preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Global deaths attributable to obesity and overweight have risen from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2010, thus intensifying the pressure on governments to take stronger action to tackle the rising epidemic of obesity and consequent chronic disease.