World Obesity Day 2021

World Obesity Day was observed globally on 4 March 2021 with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.
ESPGHAN and the European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) called on policy makers and healthcare providers to help shape understanding, policies and research that reflect the true complexity of childhood obesity and deliver effective prevention strategies, treatments, and care. ESPGHAN highlights included:

• Direct backing from 8 MEPs who shared their support for our campaign and our infographics on Twitter
• A record number of Twitter impressions for the campaign – 65,000+
• ESPGHAN elected as an official Obesity Care Week Champion
• Official endorsement from the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
• Support from the official World Obesity Day Europe campaign (who shared our infographics)
• 12 National Societies engaged with the campaign, including infographic translations for 11 countries
• 8 ESPGHAN Committee and Working Group Chairs engaged
• Multiple key external stakeholders engaged including (in addition to the above):
- The European Association for the Study of Obesity
- Global Obesity Patient Alliance (GOPA)
- The Nutrition Society
- Specialised Nutrition Europe