World Obesity Day 2021 – Everything you need to know

Obesity and other chronic conditions

Overweight and obesity is abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may affect your health. The primary cause of obesity and overweight is the nullification crisis between calories consumed and calories burned. Also, in recent times, an excess consumption of energy-dense foods high in fat and sugar and an increasing lack of physical activity have resulted in an increase in obesity rates globally. Obesity is also a major factor in chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain types of cancer. Obesity is accountable for 4.7 million premature deaths each year.


Significance of World Obesity Day

The World Health Organization states that obesity has almost tripled since 1975 and almost five times increased in children, affecting people of all ages.

People suffering from obesity are often discriminated and shamed in the society. It becomes increasingly important for common people, professionals like doctors, policymakers, etc. to completely understand the main causes of this disease and to find ways of tackling this global crisis.


Objective and Theme of World Obesity Day

Every year on 4th March World Obesity Day is observed globally with an objective of promoting practical and probable solutions to put an end to this global crisis. This global campaign was organized by World Obesity Federation and is supported by the World Health Organization.

This year’s theme is focused on the global campaign ‘Every Body Needs Everybody’.

The campaign also aims to tackle the global crisis collaboratively and characterizes obesity as a disease that is a key factor in other diseases.

The objective of the day is to fight obesity with a simple and effective path to achieve a healthier world. Simple changes in the lifestyle can help people achieve great results. The goals of this year are to raise awareness, promote advocacy, improve policies and share experiences to tackle the global problem.