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 storyWorld 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.
- WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative training in Montenegro
- Turkey hosts an assessment meeting on nutrition and physical activity
- New study launched in Tajikistan to examine nutritional quality of foods in urban settings
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World Health DayWorld Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes
7 April 2016
- 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
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The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.
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