Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Its prevalence has tripled in many countries of the WHO European Region since the 1980s, and the numbers of those affected continue to rise at an alarming rate. In addition to causing various physical disabilities and psychological problems, excess weight drastically increases a person’s risk of developing a number of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.WHO/Europe approaches to obesity
Top storyPhoto story – How can the obesity epidemic in children be stopped?
Across the WHO European Region, more and more children are now overweight and obese. What can be done, and who needs to take action to stop overweight becoming the new norm?Read more
- Assessment of barriers and opportunities to improve NCD outcomes in Estonia
- Working for better noncommunicable disease outcomes in Turkey: challenges and opportunities for health systems.
- Snapshot from Across Europe: Successful Nutrition Policies
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PublicationsWHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Implementation of round 1 (2007/2008) and round 2 (2009/2010) More publications
Coming upLaunch of the project on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
1 December 2014, Moscow, Russian FederationRead more about the conference
- Vienna conference on nutrition and noncommunicable diseases, 4-5 July 2013
- Action Plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2012−2016
- European Charter on Counteracting Obesity
- WHO European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy 2007-2012
Data and statistics
The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.
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