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.
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- Informal consultation with stakeholders on the development of the European Physical Activity Strategy
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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
- 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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