World Obesity Day is a Global awareness event that happens annually on 11th October. The primary goals of the day are promoting solutions to the obesity crisis, raising awareness, supporting advocacy and improving policy around the issue of treating and preventing obesity.
Obesity is responsible for a number of illnesses including diabetes, liver disease, heart disease and many types of cancer. World Obesity Day was first launched in 2015 by the World Obesity Foundation, a registered charity made up of over 50 regional and national obesity associations. In recent years the campaign has grown to reach over 6 million people and continues to grow.
Each year the campaign has a theme, in the past themes have included ‘Treat Obesity Now and Avoid the Consequences Later’ (2017) and ‘Childhood Obesity’ (2016)
On this day there will be a focus on the obesity crisis in the media and also on social media with a number of articles and stories related to obesity featuring in newspapers and a thunderclap campaign across social media. Those who wish to get involved in World Obesity Day are asked to help by raising awareness on social media by using the hashtag #worldobesityday
Further information about World Obesity Day can be found at www.worldobesity.org