Date of publication: March 7, 2017

News & Views

Getting your Patients Involved in World Kidney Day on 9th March 2017

Since 2006 the International Society of Nephrology  (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) have come together annually to create World Kidney Day, with a different campaign objective every year.

This year the focus is on the link between obesity and kidney disease, with the aim being to raise awareness of the importance of the kidneys, the impact of obesity and encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyle changes.Logo WKD

Getting your patients involved

Getting involved in World Kidney Day could give your patients some extra encouragement to modify their lifestyle, or motivate them to get involved and raise awareness amongst friends and family. To help spread the word you can simply visit this page and print out a poster for your waiting room. Or if your practice has a website you could add the #move4kidneys banner, available here.

Encourage your patients to visit where they can find local events, or access materials to help them organise their own event. Getting involved in World Kidney Day may just be the start some of your patients need to get their weight under control.

Further reading

As background for the 2017 campaign, Drs Csaba Kovesdy, Susan Furth and Carmine Zoccali have written an editorial: Obesity and kidney disease: Hidden consequences of the epidemic.[1] This article provides data not only on the rise of obesity and its link with chronic kidney disease, nephrolithiasis and kidney cancer, but also discusses the sometimes paradoxical effects of obesity in patients with advanced kidney disease.

Two key study results emphasize the importance of controlling obesity to improve kidney health:

  • If current trends continue, by 2025, obesity will affect 18% of men and over 21% of women worldwide.[2]
  • People who are overweight or obese have 2 to 7 times the risk of developing ESRD compared to those of normal weight.[3]


  1. Kovesdy CP, Furth SL, Zoccali C, et al. Obesity and kidney disease: hidden consequences of the epidemic. Kidney Int. 2017;91(2):260-262. doi:10.1016/j.kint.2016.10.019.
  2. Di Cesare M, Bentham J, Stevens GA, et al. Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: A pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. Lancet. 2016;387(10026):1377-1396. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30054-X.
  3. Hsu C, McCulloch C, Iribarren C, Darbinian J, Go A. Body mass index and risk for end-stage renal disease. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(1):21-28.

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