Please support European Obesity Day

European Obesity Day (EOD) takes place this coming Saturday, 21 May, and is aimed at raising awareness and increasing knowledge about obesity and the many other diseases on which it impacts.

EOD is a major annual initiative for the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and so would like to ask you to support the activities by joining in the conversation on social media. It will help us to reach more of the policymakers, politicians, healthcare professionals, patients and the media who we are targeting with important messages about the need to take obesity more seriously.

There are several ways you can show your support:

In line with the Action for a Healthier Future theme for EOD 2016, we hope we can count on your support.

EASO urges action in advance of European Obesity Day 2016


Saturday 21 May 2016 is European Obesity Day. As the leading organisation representing obesity research and clinical practise obesity in Europe, EASO today warns that unless something is quickly done to tackle the region’s rising obesity epidemic, Europe faces devastating impact on healthcare costs and productivity.

EASO, our 32 national European membership organisations and Patient Council urge wide stakeholder engagement to tackle the crisis.

European Obesity Day announces parliamentary initiative

Members of the European Parliament are leading a major new initiative to tackle Europe’s rising obesity epidemic, which currently costs governments more than €70 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.

The MEPs, led by MEP Alfred Sant (Malta S&D), have launched a Written Declaration highlighting the prediction that by 2030 over 50 % of Europeans will be obese. In some countries the number of people who will be overweight or obese may even exceed 90%.

The initiative calls for the European Commission and the European Council to work towards a Europe-wide recognition of obesity as a chronic disease.

“Obesity causes many other diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.” Sant said. “Better prevention and treatment of obesity will provide tangible healthcare system savings, as well as reducing the suffering of the millions affected.”

Speaking at a Healthy Breakfast event, held for MEPs at the European Parliament to launch the Declaration on 26 April, Mr Sant stressed that obesity is complex and is caused by many factors, including medical, cultural and socioeconomic dynamics.

“This being the case, there is an urgent need to recognise obesity as a disease in order to ensure better mobilisation of resources when it comes to the prevention, treatment and care of the disease,” he said.

Among other speakers at the event were Dr Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU; Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, President Elect of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO); and Ellen Govers from the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians.

The World Health Organization says that both societies and governments need to act to curb the growing obesity epidemic. “National policies should encourage and provide opportunities for greater physical activity, and improve the affordability, availability and accessibility of healthy foods. They should also encourage the involvement of different government sectors, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders,” says WHO.

The MEPs who have jointly initiated the Written Declaration with Mr Sant are Enrico Gasbarra (S&D), Marc Tarabella (S&D), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD), Patricija Šulin (PPE), Giovanni La Via (PPE), Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE), Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE), Edward Czesak (ECR), and Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL).

The Healthy Breakfast event was held in conjunction with EASO as one of the initiatives held in the run up to European Obesity Day, which takes place this year on 21 May, 2016. For more information about European Obesity Day, please visit the EOD2016 website

European Obesity Day

Save the date: 21 May 2016

At the recent Obesity Stakeholder Roundtable, EASO reaffirmed support for European Obesity Day, (#EOD2016) which will be held this year on 21 May 2016.  #EOD2016 represents an important opportunity to engage and influence diverse stakeholders across Europe. At the Roundtable, there was affirmation across sectors for a joint programme of activities and events which will support an awareness and advocacy programme in each country and around Europe. During the coming weeks, EASO will launch an EOD website, and hope that you will use the Twitter hashtag #EOD2016 when you refer to the day using social media communications.

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