Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Commission holds first regional consultation and hearings

14 April 2015 -- Four of the Commissioners for Ending Childhood Obesity attended the first regional consultation and hearings at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines on 24 and 25 March 2015. Following the publication of the Interim Report, the Commission is seeking feedback and comment from stakeholders, through an online process and regional meetings, in order to better appreciate the issues relevant to different contexts around the world.

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.

Commission holds hearing with non-State actors

Pupils at school dinner
B. Almohor/Chemonics International, Courtesy of Photoshare, 2012

During the First Meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity in July 2014 it was proposed that a series of international and regional hearings be held to engage with a broad range of stakeholders. Two informal hearings were recently held at WHO headquarters in Geneva: one with private sector entities on 13 October 2014 and one with nongovernmental organizations on 14 October 2014.

Further consultations will be held once the draft report and recommendations of the Commission are available.


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