Obesity

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

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Challenging the supply chain to reduce sugar in foods

WHO has published a new study that investigates why manufacturers and other supply chain actors use sugar in foods and why they use it in such large amounts.

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1 in 3 11-year-olds is overweight or obese

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Data and statistics

60%

The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.


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