European Obesity Day 2019

Posted On: 16th May 2019

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Whilst life expectancy in Europe is on the increase, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that progress risks backsliding amid growing rates of obesity. Recent reports indicate that almost 30% of the global population is either obese or overweight and the WHO confirms that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Contributing factors to this epidemic include inactive lifestyles with less exercise, increased calorie intake and larger portion sizes, the problem worsening in lower socio-economic groups amid growing rates of poverty. Obesity is a worldwide crisis, and Europe must face it head on.

European Obesity Day 2019 takes place on Saturday 18th May. The day is designed to raise awareness about obesity and the many other conditions linked to it. The campaign is recognised internationally amongst healthcare professionals, patients, political communities and the general public, aiming to encourage people who are overweight or obese to make lifestyle changes to manage their weight and improve their health, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life.

TDMR Europe works alongside other organisations at European Obesity Day in the fight against obesity, promoting increased exercise, improved lifestyle choices and better eating habits to help us live healthier lives. For those in need of a specific diet plan, total diet meal replacement programmes (TDRs) are an economical, credible and effective solution, scientifically proven to tackle weight loss and diabetes. Not only do TDRs provide fast and efficient weight-loss, they are clinically proven to reduce the health risks associated with being obese or overweight.

Held in conjunction with European Obesity Day 2019, the European Association of the Study of Obesity (EASO) delivered its EASO Policy Conference, which took place on 16th May in Brussels. Headlined ‘The Social and Economic Impact of Preventing and Treating Obesity’, the conference successfully provided a platform for healthcare providers and organisations, political communities and patients to raise awareness about obesity in Europe. TDMR Europe attended the event with other relevant policymakers, industry stakeholders and academics. The global community will only be able to succeed in preventing and tackling the global obesity epidemic if we join forces to raise awareness of the issue, advocate evidence-based solutions and confront vested interests that perpetuate no change.