The War on Childhood Obesity

We have an alarming rate of childhood obesity and overweight children globally. The rise of overweight or obese children under five years is of great concern with over 41 million affected (predominantly coming from low- and middle-income countries).

The following stats outline the prevailing issues:

  • Overweight prevalence among children aged under 5 years has risen between 1990 and 2014, from 4.8% to 6.1%, with numbers of affected children rising from 31 million to 41 million during that time
  • The number of overweight children in lower middle-income countries has more than doubled over that period, from 7.5 million to 15.5 million
  • In 2014, almost half (48%) of all overweight and obese children aged under 5 lived in Asia and one-quarter (25%) in Africa
  • The number of overweight children aged under 5 in Africa has nearly doubled since 1990 (5.4 million to 10.3 million)

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. This report outlined six (6) recommendations for governments to address this major health challenge.

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The full report can be downloaded here:

 

 

 

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