Program Overview

Prevention of obesity – a major challenge

Weight problems and obesity count towards the biggest health challenges oft he 21st century. They represent major risk factors in relation to Diabetes, cardiac cycle disorders, musculoskeletal diseases and cancer. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), obesity and weight problems are ranked fifth highest in the list of death causes – about 2.8 million adults die annually from their consequences.In 2008, about 1.4 billion people were overweight, with 200 million men and 300 million women being obese. In Europe, about 20% of grown-ups are overweight, with approximately one third being obese. This number is not only rising in the industrial countries – the same trend can be observed in the developing countries. If current projections are accurate, a majority of the global population will be obese or overweight by 2030. In the US,obesity is the second-highest cause of avoidable illness and death. This enormous load of disease becomes very noticeable in the added cost for the society. The financial burden is estimated at 290 billion US-Dollars per year in the US, and about 10 billion Euro per year in Germany. Those numbers include medical expenses as well as charges for disability and lost productivity. The high economical strain as well as the social problems make the „obesity-epidemic“ an important public health issue which the health politics of the 21st century will have to face.

2013 EUFEP conference topics:

In light of the importance of this health-related issue, the international EUFEP Conference 2013 will cover the following subject-areas:

  • International and national Strategies to prevent obesity
  • Evaluation of obesity prevention
  • Economic aspects in relation to overweight and obesity