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 storyRollout of the Essential training for primary health care workers on the integrated management of hypertension and diabetes in Ukraine
The first training of trainers for the Essential training for primary health care workers on the integrated management of hypertension and diabetes took place in Kyiv, Ukraine on 17-19 October, 2016 followed by the first cascade trainings for one hundred primary health care (PHC) doctors and nurses on October 20-21.
- Meeting of the WHO Action Network on Salt Reduction in the population in the European Region (ESAN)
- Meeting of the WHO European Action Network on reducing marketing pressure on children
- New WHO study on health and well-being of Europe’s youth reveals that obesity continues to rise
This 360 virtual reality video documents the vibrant food market landscapes in several cities in central Asia and south-eastern Europe.The video is best viewed using virtual reality headsets.
Video - Do you know what your child sees online? Digital marketing of foods to childrenMore videos about obesity
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PublicationsTurkish Healthy Nutrition and Active Life Programme 2010–2014 and related initiatives (2016) More publications
World Health DayWorld Health Day 2017 – Depression: let’s talk
7 April 2017
- 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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