Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Commission's Interim Report open for comment

Children playing with a ball in a park, Jakarta, Indonesia.
WHO/A. Kari

16 March 2015 -- The Commission welcomes suggestions and feedback on this Interim Report, which identifies key issues and outlines potential policy options. It will consider these, in addition to inputs received through regional consultations, in the development of a final report by the end of 2015. The Commission was established by the Director-General with a mandate to advise on effective strategies to tackle childhood and adolescent obesity in 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.

Ad hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence holds first meeting

L. Ko, Courtesy of Photoshare, 2011

18-20 June 2014 -- Seventeen of the 20 members met in Geneva to review the background document and develop a report for the Commissioners. The Working Group outlined the new scientific evidence in the development of obesity and key areas for consideration in developing recommendations to prevent childhood obesity, including the epidemiology, burden and economic impact of childhood obesity. The group noted that there is a need for more work on the risk factors and pathways for obesity in low and middle income countries, to inform potential policy interventions.


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