Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Launches Childhood Obesity Commission

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Launches Childhood Obesity Commission

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WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan has launched a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity to gather the best possible advice to help countries reduce the growing toll of childhood obesity.

Since WHO called the world's attention to the increasing problems and health consequences of childhood obesity in 1997, many countries have experienced a rapid rise in obesity among infants and children under five years of age. Tackling childhood obesity is an opportunity to reduce heart disease, diabetes and other serious diseases in the future, while improving the health of children.

The Commission has been asked to produce a report specifying approaches and combinations of interventions that would be most effective in different contexts around the world to fight this scourge. It will be delivered in early 2015 so that its recommendations can be presented to the next World Health Assembly.

No single discipline can provide the groundwork for a strategic approach to tackling childhood obesity. Social scientists, public health specialists, clinical scientists and economists will collaborate to compile the best available evidence into a coherent plan. …

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