Researchers call for urgent action on obesity ‘epidemic’ in Europe
Lifestyles changes including a healthier diet and more exercise can help people lose weight
Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer, are among a number of health conditions that overweight people are at a greater risk of.
European Obesity Day is organised annually by the EASO to bring people together and to increase knowledge about obesity and the many other diseases on which it impacts.
In line with the theme for European Obesity Day 2016, Action for a Healthier Future, people across all EU member states are being encouraged to participate.
At a European level, EASO has expressed its support for a Written Declaration that has been initiated in the European Parliament. It calls for greater recognition of obesity as a disease by EU Member States.
Professor Hermann Toplak, EASO President, said: “Obesity is a complex and chronic disease with numerous causes, many of which are beyond an individual’s control. The causes can range from genetic and endocrine conditions to environmental factors, such as stress, diet and increasingly sedentary working patterns.
“A healthier lifestyle, including a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help maintain a normal weight. However, obesity is a chronic disease and should be recognised and treated as such. Accepting and supporting people with obesity will help them seek the help and treatment they need.”
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