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
- Europe leads the world in eliminating trans fats
- Highlights of RC64 day 3 – Adoption of action plans on vaccines and prevention of child maltreatment
- Physical activity must be promoted more in health care settings
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PublicationsCountry profiles on nutrition, physical activity and obesity in the 53 WHO European Region Member States. Methodology and summary More publications
- 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
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The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.
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