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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Illustrating successes and challenges in tackling childhood obesity at the United Nations General Assembly

At the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, WHO and Portugal held an event on the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) that explored how better data could drive better policies.

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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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