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

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Launch Event

On April 20th, over 300 key European stakeholders joined the launch of the MEP Interest Group on Obesity and Health System Resilience.

There was a strong consensus on the need to not only include but prioritise policies that can support access to the treatment and long-term management of obesity as chronic relapsing disease at all levels of public administrations and democracies.

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Alignment of the Council

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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Compromise amendment

Compromise amendment (CA 10) listing obesity as a chronic disease within the EU4Health proposal, voted by the ENVI Committee (The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) on 14 October, passed with an overwhelming majority.

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Strategic Foresight Report

The European Commission Strategic Foresight Report “Charting the course towards a more resilient Europe” (and related roadmap to implementation) highlighted the need for resilience across EU policy portfolio. It specifically identifies and prioritises only two NCDs – cancer and obesity – as priorities which pose both opportunities and challenges to be surmounted in the coming years.

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The European Commission and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) launched a joint plan of action on Short-term EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. Notably, for the first time, people with obesity were formally listed as part of the category of medically vulnerable groups “with underlying health conditions (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, obesity, etc.)”

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