Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity


Leaders from a wide range of stakeholders have been invited by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, to serve on the high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Recent data indicates that the rates of childhood obesity are rising dramatically in many countries, particularly low and middle income countries. Childhood and adolescent obesity poses a serious health risk, with social and economic consequences. Tacking childhood obesity now represents an important opportunity for countries to reduce the impact of heart disease, diabetes and other serious noncommunicable diseases which are the leading cause of death worldwide, while immediately improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Ad hoc Working Group on Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability convened

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30 October 2014 -- Convened by the Director-General of WHO, members include experts from around the world in a number of fields and will provide advice to the Director-General on a framework for implementation of and accountability for policies; mechanisms required to monitor recommended policy options; assessment of the feasibility of monitoring recommended policy options; and an approach ensuring that countries are not unduly burdened by reporting requirements. The proposed membership of the Ad hoc Working Group is open to public consultation until 14th November 2014.

Ad hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence hold first meeting

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18-20 June 2014 -- Seventeen of the 20 members of the Ad hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence (WGSE) met at WHO headquarters in Geneva to review the background document and develop a report for the Commissioners. The WGSE is chaired by Professors Shiriki Kumanyika and Mark Hanson and comprises experts from a broad range of disciplines. 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.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity convenes first meeting

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17-18 July 2014 -- The first meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was held in Geneva on 17 and 18th July 2014, bringing together 12 Commissioners from around the world. The co-chairs of the Working Group on Science and Evidence were invited to brief the Commissioners on the report of the group’s first meeting. The Commissioners discussed the report and the work plan of the Commission, under the guidance of the co-chairs Dr Sania Nishtar and Sir Peter Gluckman.


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