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About 41 million children are overweight and obese in the world, says WHO

About 41 million children are overweight and obese in the world, says WHO

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Commission for Ending Childhood has released a final report outlining its strategies for ending childhood obesity worldwide. According to the report, there are at least 41 million children under the age of five in the world who suffer from obesity and overweight.

According to the Commission, many children are currently growing in environments that predispose to gaining weight. globalization and urbanization. The market for unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverages has been identified as the biggest growth factor for overweight and obese children, especially in developing countries.

These are even the nations with the highest prevalence of overweight children. 48% of these children live in Asia, while 25% live in Africa. In addition, the number of children under 5 and overweight in Africa has remained since 1990.

According to medical doctor Sania Nishtar, a member of the Commission, childhood obesity is a serious public health problem. "Overweight and obesity impact children's quality of life as they face a range of barriers, including physical, psychological and health consequences. We know that obesity can also impact education attainment, and combining it with the propensity to remain obese in adulthood, there are greater economic and health consequences for them, their families and society as a whole. "

Recommendations to governments

In order to reverse this situation, the Commission has issued 6 recommendations for governments. They are:

1) Promote consumption of healthy foods

2) Promote physical activity

3) Pregnancy and pre-conception care

4) Physical activity from an early age

5) Health care , food and physical activity in schools

6) Weight maintenance projects

More details of these six pillars were listed in the report, available on the WHO website.


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