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World Kidney Day 2017 - obesity and kidney disease Featured

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March 9, 2017 is World Kidney Day. This campaign puts the accent on the important role that obesity plays in the development and progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

In this context, World Kidney Day has developed a joint position statement in collaboration with the World Obesity Federation. The position statement provides facts on the important role obesity plays in the development and progression of kidney disease, a link which is rarely acknowledged. It also illustrates joint risk factors shared by obese and kidney disease patients such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

The policy measures presented in the final part of the position provide pertinent strategies for policy-makers to tackle the root causes of kidney disease and obesity as well as of a variety of other chronic diseases in a cost-effective way.

We hope that you will find the information and policy recommendations compiled in this document useful for your work. We would greatly appreciate your support in disseminating the paper as widely as possible.

Happy World Kidney Day!

CLICK HERE to read the full statement. To find out more about World Kidney Day, visit:

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Adeera Levin

ISN Past-President (2015-2017) Adeera Levin is Professor of Medicine and Head Divsision of Nephrology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a consultant nephrologist based at St Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care.