With the world’s growing obese population now said to exceed 1 billion people, countermeasures are being taken.
In Japan, health insurers have been required to conduct “specific health checkups” and “specific health guidance” (so-called “metabolic syndrome checkups”) since 2008.
Meanwhile, obesity requiring medical intervention is approached differently from general obesity, and various intervention methods, including prevention, need to be discussed.
The correlation between income and living environment and health, known as “Social Determinants of Health (SDH),” is also becoming more apparent, and the health promotion efforts of society as a whole are also required to prevent income and educational disparities from leading to health disparities, without falling into self-responsibility.
HGPI continues to make recommendations to raise the interest of society as a whole in obesity and obesity-related issues.