EASO and World Obesity Federation joint statement to the World Health Organisation

EASO and World Obesity Federation joint statement to the World Health Organisation

EASO is pleased to join The World Obesity Federation in presenting a joint statement to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe 70th session on the state of health, including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual session takes place 14– 15 September 2020.

EASO believes that actions to address obesity will be essential to help prevent the worst impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations. We also see an opportunity to “build back better” in the region to ensure a healthy recovery. EASO urges European governments to embed the following considerations in their national strategies for COVID-19 in the short- and long-term, to ensure that the wider health of populations is maintained, and negative impacts are minimised:

  • Ensure that nutritionally adequate food is made available for all, particularly for vulnerable populations.
  • Ensure NCD patients have continued access to treatment.
  • Ensure that policies and restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 allow for people to be
  • physically active, while maintaining adequate social distancing.
  • Increase education and awareness that obesity is a disease.
  • Recognise that obesity and other NCDs increase the risk and likely worsen the outcomes of COVID-19, and ensure that people living with these diseases are tested and provided care early.

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