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 storyNew tool helps countries identify foods with too much fat, sugar and salt
A first step in developing policies to restrict the marketing of such foods to children is to establish the criteria to identify them. WHO/Europe has developed a nutrient profile model for countries to adapt and use to classify foods according to their nutritional composition.
- Food marketing to children and salt reduction: focus of WHO/Europe action network meetings
- Bi-regional workshop to build legal capacity and advance action on WHO recommendations on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children
- European regional consultation of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
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PublicationsWHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Implementation of round 1 (2007/2008) and round 2 (2009/2010) More publications
- Vienna conference on nutrition and noncommunicable diseases, 4-5 July 2013
- European Charter on Counteracting Obesity
- Action Plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2012−2016
- WHO European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020
Data and statistics
The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.
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