Pacte Adiposité – Adipositas Pact is a Private Foundation established under Belgian law representing the rights of citizens with obesity.
Founded in February 2021, our main purpose is to convey the authoritative citizens' voice in Belgium and beyond with respect to evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, ongoing management along the life course through policy change, by facilitating knowledge exchange, citizen-led research and advocacy.
Pre-obesity (overweight) and obesity are medical conditions marked by an abnormal and/or excessive accumulation of body fat that presents a risk to health ( WHO 2019 ).
Obesity is a chronic relapsing disease, which in turn acts as a gateway to a range of other non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
— European Commission
Obesity prevention | Knowledge for policy (europa.eu)
We focus on three main priorities
Recognition in terms of definition and scope of Obesity as a chronic disease as set out by the WHO.
Transformation of the Belgian policy and regulatory framework to ensure that individuals, citizens and patients with obesity can make an informed choice and have affordable access to the treatment needed (mental as well as physical).
Educate policy makers, the media, at national, Community and local levels as well as medical professionals, employers and People with Obesity (PwO) as to the holistic (mental as well as physical) elements of the biological disease and various ways in which it can be managed (from prevention through to self-management) throughout the life cycle.