Obesity and type 2 diabetes: a joint approach to halt the rise

Last update: 04/04/2022

Date: March 31, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Time: 90 minutes

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The impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is at an all-time high. NCDs are estimated to cause 41 million deaths each year (71% of the global total), of which 15 million are premature. Despite Member States having agreed a set of voluntary targets to achieve by 2025, the 0% increase in diabetes and obesity target is catastrophically off track.

World Obesity’s Missing the Target report shines a spotlight on the rise in obesity levels around the world and highlights that all countries are worryingly off track to meet the 2025 global targets that they committed to, subsequently endangering the success of other NCD targets such as those related to diabetes. The IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition reports a continued global increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, which accounts for around 90% of all diabetes. It confirms type 2 diabetes as a significant global challenge to the health and well-being of individuals, families and societies.

In view of this, IDF and World Obesity Federation have jointly developed the policy brief “Obesity and type 2 diabetes: a joint approach to halt the rise". To mark its launch, IDF and WOF hosted an online event on Thursday 31st March to:

  • Highlight that we will only be able to halt the rise of type 2 diabetes if action on obesity is also prioritised.
  • Generate knowledge about the root causes of obesity and recognise that it is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other health conditions, requiring urgent action, both in the short- and long-term.
  • Emphasise the importance of adopting a system-wide approach if we are to successfully halt the rise of diet-related NCDs.
  • Advocate for people-centred care and ensure that people living with obesity, type 2 diabetes and other NCDs are included in the development and evaluation of interventions and guidelines.

Speakers included:

  • Prof Akhtar Hussain, IDF President-elect
  • Ms Johanna Ralston, WOF CEO
  • Dr Francesco Branca, WHO Nutrition for Growth Department
  • Prof Wannee Nitiyanant, Royal College of Physicians of Thailand
  • Prof Mike Lean, University of Glasgow
  • Ms Heather Koga, IDF Blue Circle Voice member from Zimbabwe

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