Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

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May 2014 -- To gather the best possible advice on dealing with the crisis of childhood obesity, WHO’s Director-General has established a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Tackling childhood obesity now represents an important opportunity to reduce the impact of heart disease, diabetes and other serious diseases in future – while immediately improving the health of children.

Diet and physical activity: a public health priority

Diet and physical activity: a public health priority
Vanessa Collazos

Unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are key risk factors for the major noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

Heads of State and Government committed in the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs to reduce the exposure of populations to unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.

Highlights

  • December 2015

    • Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages as a public health strategy: the experience of Mexico
      The purpose of the present work is to describe the procedure whereby a tax on sugar- sweetened beverages and energy-dense foods was implemented as a public health strategy in Mexico. This document is an attempt to make the experience of the PAHO/WHO Country Office of Mexico public so that useful elements can be replicated in other contexts and further interventions be developed to improve health.
  • November 2015

    • Physical inactivity and diabetes
      Worldwide, people are less physically active. As physical activity decreases, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes are increasing. In the WHO European Region, one third of adults and two thirds of adolescents are insufficiently active.
  • September 2015


Topics of interest

  • Diet
    Healthy diets play a key role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
  • Physical Activity
    Being physically active is essential for good health throughout life.

Facts on diet and physical activity