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MEP Interest Group on Obesity and Resilient Health Systems

As demonstrated with the EU4Health programme, the European Parliament can play a key role in promoting actions impacting long-term health of EU citizens and strengthening health systems for the future.

The informal interest group, chaired by MEP Pernille Weiss (EPP, Denmark), focuses on implementing obesity as a non-communicable chronic disease. The ambition of the group is to ensure obesity is recognised as a chronic disease in definition, scope and how it is treated beyond primary prevention within policy instruments. The group also goes beyond obesity and considers resilient health systems and ecosystems more broadly.

Key facts

  • In Europe, obesity has tripled since 1980
  • There are over 230 complications of obesity
  • 8.4% of OECD countries' health budget expenditure is predicted to be spent on obesity and related diseases from 2020-2050
  • Obesity is estimated to cost around โ‚ฌ70m per year to health systems alone
  • 10-13% of deaths in different parts of Europe is caused by obesity

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Main aims and objectives

Embed the language of obesity as an NCD (non-communicable disease) within the European Parliament and shift the dialogue beyond prevention

Set-up a workable framework for National Plans on obesity as an NCD

Advocate for the collection of data across people living with obesityโ€™s life course to enable for realistic treatment and management options

Call for the implementation of Obesity Centres of Excellence and sufficient resources to implement obesity as an NCD (interconnected with other NCDs such as cancer)

Obesity and Health Systems Resilience: A Call to Action at EU and national level

As we build a new reality across Europe in a Post COVID-19 era, a silent pandemic โ€“ the chronic disease (Non-Communicable Disease) of obesity โ€“ will persist unless we, as policymakers and civil society alike take action.ย  The timeย to act is now.ย 

Call to Action

Events

Watch the launch of the MEP Interest Group on Obesity and Health System Resilience on April 20.

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Who we are

The MEP Interest Group was established in January 2021 and comprises of a Chair, Vice-Chair and membership of interested MEPs across political groups and nationalities.

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How do we work?

The MEP Interest Group was established in January 2021 and comprises of a Chair, Vice-Chair and membership of interested MEPs across political groups and nationalities. The MEPs are members of a range of European Parliament Committee groups such as ENVI, ITRE, BUDG, AGRI, FEMM, demonstrating the diversity needed to address resilience and obesity effectively.

The MEP Interest Group meets on average 3 times per year with external stakeholders (annual meeting + other meetings dedicated to obesity and health system-related topics).

Latest Developments

4 November 2020: EASO, OPEN-EU and the EU Health Coalition along with 6 MEPs call for alignment of the Council with the European Parliament and European Commission in implementing obesity as a key non-communicable disease as part of the EU4Health Programme and beyond in an open letter.

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