Obesity represents one of the major public health challenges of our time. Nonetheless, current efforts have been insufficient to halt the rising prevalence of obesity across all age groups and countries. This situation is further exacerbated by the challenges that climate change present to healthy diets and sustainable food systems.
At the 75th World Health Assembly in 2022, Member States adopted new recommendations for the prevention and management of obesity and endorsed the WHO Acceleration plan to stop obesity. Drawing on evidence-based policies, the plan offers the prospect of a step change in delivery and impact in the efforts to tackle the growing crisis of obesity. This event will highlight roadmaps by some of most affected countries for the delivery of their chosen national priorities around obesity, allowing policy makers, development partners, civil society organizations and communities to rally around a whole-of-society response to meet one of the world’s most serious emerging health crises—and to do so before it is too late.
We invite policy makers, development partners, civil society organizations and communities to rally around a whole-of-society response to meet one of the world’s most serious global health emergency and do so before it is too late.
Columbia University students are invited to participate in a moderated question and answer session.