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

FEEDCities video

This 360 virtual reality video documents the vibrant food market landscapes in several cities in central Asia and south-eastern Europe.The video is best viewed using virtual reality headsets.

World Health Day

World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

7 April 2016


Video – WHO-FAO: Second International Conference on Nutrition

Data and statistics


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

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