60 MINUTES ON EARTH CHALLENGE

17 Jul

OBESITY: THE IMPACTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIETY

webinar Online, hour ON 5 PM CET (GMT+2)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight and among them, 500 million people are obese. This number is forecast to increase up to 700 million by 2015 (out of 2.5 billion people who will beoverweight).

Obesity is spreading like a pandemic, with large proportions of overweight populations in industrialized and developing countries alike. .

The impact this phenomenon can have on health is huge because obesity can significantly increase the onset of many chronic diseases (which, in turn, are responsible for 60% of deaths worldwide) and public spending (in the EU, the direct economic impact of obesity in 2006 totaled €59 billion, but its total economic effect could range between €118 and €136 billion).

What is obesity's impact on society? How can the phenomenon be contained? Who are the leading players in combating obesity?

The questions

Which are the dimensions and main causes of obesity?

How much does obesity cost to public health? And to society?

How could the public and private sectors reduce and prevent obesity?

Vote

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In your opinion, which of these countries have the higher number of obese and overweight children?

  • 81%

    US

  • 13%

    Italy

  • 5%

    UK

  • 1%

    France

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