European online obesity survey launched
28 May 2009
The "European Obesity Day" online survey was launched on the 16 May
by Member of European Parliament Magor Imre Csibi (Romanian MEP of the
Alliance for Liberals and Democrats), the UK National Obesity Forum
(NOF) and the Belgian Obese Patients organisation (BOLD).
With excess weight and obesity increasing across Europe at an
alarming rate, the online survey seeks to understand to what degree this
is of concern to European citizens and what steps we think should be
taken to address this pressing issue.
The overarching aim of the survey is to encourage formal recognition
of the plight of the overweight and obese by European decision-makers
through the creation of an official European Obesity Day. The launch
marks a one year countdown to the first official European Obesity Day,
which will take place on the 16th of May 2010. Against this backdrop,
MEP Magor Csibi pronounced:
"The fight against obesity is a European public health priority and
it is important to encourage obese and overweight patients from across
Europe to come forward and express their views. To this end, we have
launched an online survey at
www.obesityday.eu to better understand how to address these
individuals' needs and concerns."
Until now, the emphasis of EU and national governments has focused on
diets and physical activity. However, much can still be done and to this
end, Dr David Haslam from NOF commented:
"There is a real need for a reinforced dialogue between patients and
healthcare professionals combined with recognition of obesity as a
genuine disease like all others."
Jean Paul Allonsius, President of BOLD added: "Equally crucial is the
need to bring coherence and clarity to the weight loss products market
with an emphasis on ensuring the efficacy of these products."
Although many understand the challenges as well as the solutions such
as healthy diets, physical activity and treatment, European citizens'
views have yet to be established. With a view to the launch of European
Obesity Day and drawing on the professional insight of the medical and
patient communities and other concerned members of civil society, a
short five question online survey was developed. The questionnaire is
topped off by an open-ended comment box that allows participants to
express their personal views and stories.
In conclusion MEP Magor Csibi, said: "It is imperative to raise
awareness of the importance of healthy food and sport, however the time
has come to also recognise and respond to the voice of Europe's growing
obese and overweight population by the establishment of a European
The online obesity survey can be found at
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