Obesity is a serious and complex chronic disease with multiple causes, including genetic, physiological, environmental, behavioural and external factors, associated with increased risk of mortality and decreased life expectancy, which requires long-term management.
Obesity is a rising global epidemic that puts a strain on healthcare services, government and individuals worldwide. Urgent change is needed to ensure wider recognition of obesity as a complex chronic condition which requires a whole-systems approach to care.
Widespread misconceptions of obesity and lack of disease recognition means that people living with obesity experience daily discrimination and often do not receive the support required to achieve or maintain weight loss.
People with obesity experience a lower quality of life. This impacts many aspects of their life, including their ability to contribute to and participate in society and makes it challenging for them to achieve and maintain weight loss on their own.
Obesity will continue to rise and put an unprecedented strain on society and healthcare systems. Governments and health systems can achieve significant societal and economic gains by investing in strategies and structures that prevent, but also effectively support individuals living with obesity to achieve and maintain weight loss.