World Obesity Federation

Printer-friendly version
Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.7 Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases
Statement: 

Honorable chairperson, distinguished delegates, colleagues. Thank you for this opportunity to address the Assembly on behalf of the World Obesity Federation and its members.

The World Obesity Federation and its members would like to take this opportunity to thank WHO for the important work that has been done to improve the definition of obesity in ICD-11. The growing recognition of obesity as a disease and the request to ensure it is reflected as such in the International Classification of Disease are consistent with the underlying pathophysiology of obesity, as well as the worldwide recognition of obesity as a disease by a number of member states, government institutions and civil society.

As we increase our understanding of this complex and chronic disease, it is vital that the definition of obesity used in the International Classification of Disease is revised and updated to remain consistent with expert understanding of the disease, its causes, complications and solutions. We look forward to working with you on updating the definition as needed over the coming years.

Thank you.