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AOCO-MASO 2021 – Asia Oceania Congress on Obesity and MASO Scientific Conference 2021

Date: 4 - 6 April 2021
Venue: Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur

Conference website: http://www.aocomaso2021.com


Obesity and COVID-19: Policy Statement

World Obesity Federation commends the WHO and most governments around the world for their leadership and rapid and comprehensive action to control this pandemic. The WHO has highlighted non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a risk factor for becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. Based on emerging data and the patterns of infection we have seen in other viral infections, overweight and obesity are also likely to be risk factors for worse outcomes in those who are infected by COVID-19. In the UK, a report suggests that two-thirds of people who have fallen seriously ill with coronavirus were overweight or had obesity. Meanwhile, a report from Italy suggests 99% of deaths have been in patients with pre-existing conditions, including those which are commonly seen in people with obesity such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. A similar trend was also observed in Malaysia.


Clinical Care for Obesity: A Preliminary Survey of Sixty‐Eight Countries

World Obesity publish an academic paper on the provision of clinical care for obesity in 68 countries. The paper details the results of a survey conducted over 2 years on the readiness of health systems to provide obesity treatment services across 68 countries.


World Obesity Day 2020 -The Roots of Obesity Run Deep

Together we can create a healthier future. 

People with obesity are constantly shamed and blamed for their disease. This is because many people – including doctors, policymakers, and others – do not understand that obesity is a chronic disease. They see it as a simple lack of willpower, laziness, or a refusal to "eat less and move more". But like all chronic diseases, the root causes of obesity run much deeper. They can be genetic, psychological, sociocultural, economic, and environmental. It is time we break the cycle of shame and blame and reevaluate our approach for addressing this complex, chronic disease that affects 650 million people worldwide.


Obesity: Missing the 2025 Global Targets Report

All countries significantly off track to meet 2025 WHO targets on Obesity.
  • On current trends, 1 in 5 adults worldwide are expected to have obesity by 2025, yet all countries fall short of 2025 targets
  • Low- and middle-income countries are experiencing the greatest rise, highest numbers and lowest likelihood of meeting WHO targets
  • High BMI is estimated to cost health services globally US$990 billion per year (13% healthcare expenditure)
  • Obesity increases the risk of many diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
  • Governments have previously committed to international targets and are urged to prioritize investment in addressing obesity through obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.
  • As part of a new World Obesity Day, leading obesity organizations from across the globe are calling for collective action to address the global obesity challenge.


World Obesity Federation confirms “Obesity Is a Chronic Disease”

In a statement published today in the leading journal Obesity Reviews, the World Obesity Federation confirms its support for defining obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease. The statement was prepared by a scientific committee of the Federation which concluded that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process except that the toxic or pathological agent is diet-related rather than a microbe.