Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Commissioners hear from young people about preventing childhood obesity

Students at a meeting, Aukland, New Zealand
WHO/C. Dewan

28 July 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand. The Commissioners visited Tamaki College secondary school in Auckland, to hear from young people, as part of the regional consultation with Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The students, many from Pacific Island communities, told the Commissioners that overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes are very common in their community and serious health concerns for many of their families. They discussed what actions they felt need to be taken to tackle this issue.

Commission consults with the Eastern Mediterranean

A one-day consultation held in the Eastern Mediterranean Region was organized by the WHO regional office on 2 July 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. The consultation was attended by the two Commissioners from the region: Dr Sania Nishtar (co-chair) and Dr Hoda Rashad.

Third meeting of the Commission reviews feedback

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity met for the third time on 22-23 June 2015 in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China and were joined by the Director-General.

Commission meets to develop global responses to obesity epidemic

13 January 2015 -- WHO's Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is holding its second meeting on 13–14 January 2015. It aims to review the ongoing work of the 2 ad hoc working groups – on science and evidence for ending childhood obesity, and on implementation, monitoring and accountability – and to develop an interim report which outlines a suite of interventions and options for consideration by stakeholders. Regional consultations and hearings will be undertaken by the commission before the finalization of its report, to be delivered to the Director-General.


fact buffet

42 millionIn 2013, 42 million infants and young children were overweight or obese.

Fact sheet on obesity and overweight

70 millionYoung children will be overweight or obese by 2025 if current trends continue.

Facts and figures on childhood obesity

30%The rate of increase is 30% higher in low- and middle-income countries, than that of developed countries.

Obesity and overweight