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Let's talk about obesity! OPEN will soon be launching its first-ever podcast series 'An OPEN Conversation'. We will explore the causes & impact of obesity & the big questions surrounding obesity policy, prevention & care. Available soon, stay tuned! #Obesity #OPENConversation
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Obesity Week is a week away! OPEN will be where key obesity experts from across OPEN will share insights on national developments around strategies and guidelines and explore what works and where we should be optimising efforts. Sign up here: buff.ly/3m8PM1t pic.twitter.com/i5OCQLA7gr
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Tune in to our partner @ObesityAction's monthly broadcast this October 27th today at 1 PM EDT with Dr. Rachel Goldman on the importance of emotional wellness, how to be our own superhero, keep ourselves motivated & manage the stress of everyday life. youtube.com/c/Obesityactio… pic.twitter.com/gewZ24xdRM
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Obesity is not a choice - it's a lifelong, chronic disease affecting almost 60% of Europeans. Yet people living with obesity can experience bias and discrimination every day. Today is #LivingWithObesity day which this year focuses on person-centric imagery buff.ly/2Z1glg5 pic.twitter.com/3AfqTOAEom
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Obesity is not a choice - it's a lifelong, chronic disease affecting almost 60% of Europeans. Yet people living with obesity can experience bias and discrimination every day. Today is #LivingWithObesity day which this year focuses on person-centric imagery buff.ly/2Z1glg5 pic.twitter.com/3AfqTOAEom
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Q – do we need a better definition of obesity? Yes; BMI is not a definition, only a screening tool, and so we need a much more nuanced definition. Different causes should inform treatment, and as we learn more I hope we will sub-define obesity in different ways as with diabetes.
Thanks to both our speakers, to our members for all the fascinating points and questions, and last but certainly not least to Euan Woodward, @EASO_ED for facilitating an extremely informative discussion.
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JW - Patients and commissioners are satisfied with our services, but there are many parts of England with no services at all which, is why the coverage in Portugal is impressive. CO - We have a good geographical coverage, but we need to make the case to increase the capacity.
Q – do we need a better definition of obesity? Yes; BMI is not a definition, only a screening tool, and so we need a much more nuanced definition. Different causes should inform treatment, and as we learn more I hope we will sub-define obesity in different ways as with diabetes.
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Excellent presentation from Prof. John Wilding on best practice and the UK experience. Looking forward to listening to our board member Carlos Oliveira now sharing the Portuguese experience 👏 #obesity #OPENobesity @WorldObesity @EASOobesity twitter.com/AcSDeV1/status…
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How do you define strategic success? JW – it depends on the commissioner. Some of the Liverpool services are commissioned by the local authority. Targets on weight loss, patient retention are negotiated. These tend to get more ambitious and include measures of quality of life.
JW - Patients and commissioners are satisfied with our services, but there are many parts of England with no services at all which, is why the coverage in Portugal is impressive. CO - We have a good geographical coverage, but we need to make the case to increase the capacity.

Covid-19 and obesity

During Covid-19, the OPEN global network remains united in our goal to support improved care for people living with obesity. Working with our Global partners and network, we are focused on facilitating the sharing of insights on how people with obesity are being impacted by Covid-19, as well as advocating for people with obesity to be prioritised by health systems now, and in the future.

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References

1World Health Organization. 2018. Obesity and overweight.[Online] Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/ [Accessed February 2019].

2Yuen, M.M., et al. (n.d.). A systematic review and evaluation of current evidence reveals 236 obesity-associated disorders. Massachusetts General Hospital & George Washington University. [Poster presentation]

3Kelly, T et al. 2008. Global burden of obesity in 2005 and projections to 2030. International Journal of Obesity. 32: 1431-1437

4The GBD 2015 Obesity Collaborators. 2017. Health effects of overweight and obesity in 195 countries over 25 years. The New England Journal of Medicine; 377 (1): 13-27