Ending childhood obesity

The Commission on Ending Childhood obesity presented its final report to the World Health Organization today. The report looks to address the high levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The 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 least 41 million children in this age group are obese or overweight, with the greatest rise in the number of children being obese or overweight coming from low- and middle-income countries.

There are six main recommendations for governments:

  1. Promote intake of healthy foods
  2. Promote physical activity
  3. Preconception and pregnancy care
  4. Early childhood diet and physical activity
  5. Health, nutrition and physical activity fro school-age children
  6. Weight management

The report also identifies a range of actions to be undertaken by other players, calling for nongovernmental organizations to raise the profile of childhood obesity and advocate for improvements in the environment, and for the private sector to support the production and improved access to foods and beverages that contribute to a healthy diet.

Posted: 27/01/2016 10:03:32 by Laura Keaver


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