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 WHO report on trends in adolescent obesity
The report confirms that the number of obese adolescents is continuing to rise in many countries across the Region. Levels are increasing particularly in eastern European countries, are very high in the vast majority of countries, and are especially high in countries of southern Europe.
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The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.
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