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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World Health Day 2016: Living with diabetes and educating others

“Take care of your health by exercising and watching your diet carefully,” says Idriz Ethemi, who has lived with type 2 diabetes for over 10 years. The focus of World Health Day 2016 is “Beat diabetes”. An estimated 64 million people in the WHO European Region live with the disease.

World Health Day

World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

7 April 2016

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Video – WHO-FAO: Second International Conference on Nutrition

Data and statistics

60%

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


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