Obesity Resources: The World Obesity Federation

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A number of resources are available to those who are struggling with obesity, and numerous organizations, such as the Obesity Action Coalition, exist to help those with overweight and obesity and to raise awareness of the obesity epidemic.

Many other organizations exist to help physicians, scientists and others in the medical research community better understand and manage obesity. One such organization is the World Obesity Federation.

What Is the World Obesity Federation?

As stated on its website, the World Obesity Federation “represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through our member ship we create a global community of organisations [sic] dedicated to solving the problems of obesity.”

The stated mission of the World Obesity Federation is “to lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity.”

What Does the World Obesity Federation Do?

The World Obesity Federation has five journals for medical professionals and related scientists: Clinical Obesity, Obesity Reviews, Pediatric Obesity, Obesity Science and Practice, and the International Journal of Obesity.

It is worth noting that the International Journal of Obesity is considered to be the leading obesity journal in the Nutrition & Dietetics category.

The World Obesity Federation also runs several different events throughout the year, including the International Congress on Obesity, Hot Topic Conferences, and more.

For example, the organization will be holding a Hot Topic Conference on Obesity and Pregnancy in London, England at the end of October 2015.

The International Congress on Obesity (ICO) has been held every three to four years since 1974, according to the World Obesity Federation’s website. It now appears that the ICO is slated to return every two years, with the next one being in 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.

The World Obesity Federation also works with governments and global and regional organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to “shape world-wide policies and practices.”

Additionally, this organization “publishes reports to present the facts and the arguments; guides the debates.”

Highlighting the Health Impact of Obesity

The World Obesity Federation recognizes that obesity is a risk factor for many other ailments, stating that “obesity increases the risk for a wide range of chronic diseases.” Among these are Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

They also note that “obesity shortens life expectancy” as well as contributes to disability worldwide.

World Obesity Day

The World Obesity Federation is currently preparing to hold the first World Obesity Day on October 11, 2015. The organization notes that “now is the right time to launch a single World Obesity Day … to communicate powerfully the impact of obesity on people’s lives, on health systems and economies and also highlight the innovative initiatives being undertaken around the world to tackle obesity.”


World Obesity Federation. Accessed online at http://www.worldobesity.org on September 24, 2015.

International Journal of Obesity. Accessed online at http://www.nature.com/ijo/index.html on September 24, 2015.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). World Health Organization fact sheet. Accessed at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/ on June 9, 2014.

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