Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Taking action on childhood obesity report

WHO/TDR /Fernando G. Revilla

25 September 2018 -- Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century, affecting every country in the world. In just 40 years the number of school-age children and adolescents with obesity has risen more than 10-fold, from 11 million to 124 million (2016 estimates). All countries have agreed a set of global targets for halting the increase in obesity. While most countries are still off-track to meet the target, many are taking action and some have achieved a levelling-off in childhood obesity rates..

New global estimates of child and adolescent obesity released on World Obesity Day

2012 Kyalie Photography, Courtesy of Photoshare
2012 Kyalie Photography, Courtesy of Photoshare

11 October 2017 - The number of obese children and adolescents has increased tenfold in the last 40 years, according to a study published in the Lancet today.

The Ending Childhood Obesity Implementation Plan guides policy-makers on the recommended actions to prevent and treat childhood obesity.

Ending Childhood Obesity: securing the future for our children

26 May 2016 – The report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity formed the basis for a side event, hosted by Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico, along with New Zealand and Zambia during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly.

Commission presents its final report, calling for high-level action to address major health challenge

A group of children walk across a road.
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25 January 2016 -- The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO Director-General today culminating a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The ECHO report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity seeks comments on report from around the World

At the first meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity in July 2014, the Commissioners decided it would be important to engage with a broad range of stakeholders. Consultations with representatives from government ministries have been held in all 6 WHO regions around the world. In addition, the Commissioners have heard from non-State actors, both through international and regional meetings.

fact buffet

41 millionIn 2016, 41 million infants and young children were overweight or obese.

Fact sheet on obesity and overweight

124 millionchildren and adolescents are obese – a tenfold increase in the last four decades.

Facts and figures on childhood obesity

Nearly 1 in 5children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

Obesity and overweight