Obesity

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

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WHO launches guide to boost children’s health and well-being in Russian-speaking countries

In a newly published book, WHO/Europe provides up-to-date guidance for ensuring healthy nutrition and physical activity of primary school-aged children while cultivating good habits that will last into adulthood.

Resource package for planning healthy and sustainable meetings

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1 in 3 11-year-olds is overweight or obese

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Data and statistics

60%

The percentage of children who are overweight before puberty that will be overweight in early adulthood.


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