Let’s talk about obesity and the need to create a healthier food environment

The ISA proudly supports World Obesity Day 2023

Brussels, 2nd March 2023: The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) is proud to renew its support to World Obesity Day, celebrated each year on 4th March, and to work together with obesity and health-related organisations around the world, to create a better outlook for obesity.

With nearly 1 billion people around the world living with obesity in 20201, and with this figure expected to rise to 1.9 billion by 2035, it is important to create awareness about this major public health challenge. Moreover, obesity is the gateway to many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers, so we should act now for a better future.

In line with this year’s World Obesity Day theme, “Changing Perspectives: Let’s Talk About Obesity”, the ISA is keen to encourage discussions that can help shift the perception of obesity from ‘Me to We’, including by talking about the need of creating healthier food environments and the role that low/no calorie sweeteners can play in them. By replacing sugar in drinks, foods and recipes at home, low/no calorie sweeteners can contribute to offering a wider choice of healthier food and drinks. Food and beverage companies also use low/no calorie sweeteners as critical ingredients for reformulating and innovating products to have less sugar and fewer calories, while maintaining the taste that consumers know and expect. And while no single act can fix the obesity crisis, creating a healthier food environment is a step forward.

Therefore, the ISA is proud to release its campaign for World Obesity Day 2023, which includes a booklet and videos with sweet and healthy recipes with low/no calorie sweeteners. Get inspired at home by our new recipes:

As part of this campaign, the ISA is honoured to be partnering with renowned obesity and health-related organisations, whom include: CNAO2 and ADEXO3, respectively the French and the Portuguese associations for people living with obesity. Our campaign has also received the valuable support from the Brazilian diabetes association4 (ANAD), the Brazilian Association of Diabetes Educators5 (ANBED), the Colombian Diabetology Federation6 (FDC), and the Brazilian Federation of Diabetes’ Organisations7 (FENAD).

Obesity requires a collective response, and we are proud to collaborate with medical and patient organisations globally to help change perspectives on obesity. Every conversation and action counts!

Engage in the conversation about World Obesity Day 2023 by using #ISA4WOD, #WorldObesityDay and #ChangingPerspectives.

For more information on low/no calorie sweeteners, please visit https://www.sweeteners.org/ or contact the ISA Secretariat by clicking here.

  1. https://www.worldobesityday.org/
  2. Collectif National des Associations d’Obèses
  3. Associação de Doentes Obesos e Ex-obesos de Portugal
  4. Associação Nacional de Atenção ao Diabetes
  5. Associação Nacional Brasileira de Educadores em Diabetes
  6. Federación Diabetológica Colombiana
  7. Federação Nacional de Associações e Entitades de Diabetes