Ending childhood obesity

According to the World Health Organization 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013. That will increase to 70 million by 2025 if current trends continue.

The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity has just released its report on tackling childhood and adolescent obesity around the world. They call on member states to take ownership and be politically committed to reverse the rising trend of overweight and obesity in children.

The ECHO Report has 6 main recommendations for governments:

Promote intake of healthy foods and reduce the intake of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages by children and adolescents (through, for example, effective taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages and curbing the marketing of unhealthy foods).


Promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors.


Integrate and strengthen guidance on preconception and antenatal care (to reduce risk of childhood obesity by preventing low or high birth weight, prematurity and other complications in pregnancy).


Provide guidance on, and support for, healthy diet, sleep and physical activity in early childhood to ensure children develop healthy habits (by promoting breastfeeding; limiting consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt; ensuring availability of healthy foods and physical activity in the early child care settings).


Promote healthy school environments, health and nutrition literacy and physical activity among school-age children and adolescents (by establishing standards for school meals; eliminating the sale of unhealthy foods and drinks and; including health and nutrition and quality physical education in the core curriculum).


Provide family-based, multi component, lifestyle weight management services for children and young people who are obese.


Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, World Health Organization 2016
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