Each year the conference has a specific theme related to UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme is the pivotal point of the discussions in the regions and in the final resolution.

This year’s theme is obesity

The WHO defines obesity and overweight as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Numerous studies have shown an association between excessive fat accumulation and an extensive list of chronic diseases which include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Obesity is, therefore, a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases and as such relevant to sustainable development goal number 3.4 which states: “By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”.

Discussions on the root causes of obesity can potentially address the relationship between health and wealth, the impact of social media and stigmatization, globalization and consumerism.