Teenagers living with obesity to take part in a major international awareness campaign Friday October 21 2022
Teenagers from across Europe will be participating in a major international campaign which launches this week to help them, their parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals a better understanding of the challenges of living with overweight or obesity.
The campaign, ‘The Voices of Youth in Obesity’ is an initiative of the non-profit patient organisation, the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO), includes a series of events ranging from the launch of a podcasts to a live broadcast, the publication of information materials and extensive social media engagement.
According to ECPO, the level of teenage overweight and obesity in Europe has been steadily increasing. One in seven 15-year-olds is now affected.
“Teenagers with obesity are continuously stigmatised and ‘blamed’ for their weight”, says ECPO President Sólveig Sigurdardóttir. “As part of our Living with Obesity Campaign Day on October 21, we are inviting young adults to share real lived experiences so that everyone can learn from them and ensure they receive the support, guidance and care they need”.
Among the ECPO initiatives will be a live Patient Lounge event to be held online at 15:00 CEST (2pm BST). It will include interviews with patients, parent, caregivers and a psychologist from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, the UK and Ireland. The first in what will be a series of monthly podcasts leading up to World Obesity Day on March 4 will also be published with a new section of the ECPO website devoted to teenagers (https://ecpomedia.org/resources/young-adults/).
Newly published material will include educational infographics from teenagers translated into several European languages and guidelines for parents and caregivers on opening the conversation on obesity. The campaign for teenagers is also highlighted in the latest edition of Eurobesity Magazine (https://ecpomedia.org/resources/ecpo-magazine/)
“We will hear the voices of teenagers through their own conversations and have a better understanding of how teenagers want to be represented, spoken and engaged with,” says Solveig Sigurdardóttir.
Anyone wishing to participate in the Patient Lounge event can join, free of charge, at www.ecpopatientlounge.com.
The podcast series ‘The Voice of Youth in Obesity’ will be available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast and Spotify Podcasts.
For Further information on this initiative and Living with Obesity and People First Day, please contact:
Executive Director of EASO ECPO
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