Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age
WHO/Juana Willumsen

Geneva, 24 April 2019 -- The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.

Global standards for physical activity, sedentary screen time and sleep in early child care

Global standards for physical activity, sedentary screen time and sleep in early child care
WHO/SEARO/Anuradha Sarup

11 February 2019 -- WHO is developing a set of global standards for physical activity, sedentary time and sleep in early childhood education and care settings. If you work in this sector, please give us your feedback.

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.

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

A group of children walk across a road.
© 2013 Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare

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.

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