23 June 2017 - Delegates welcomed a plan to implement the six broad recommendations made by the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.
The plan focuses on encouraging children to eat healthy foods through supportive policies and interventions that encourage healthy choices, including taxation, marketing and labelling. It also highlights the importance of enabling children to be more physically active, both at school and during free time.
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
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.
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.
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