Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Consultation on Draft Implementation Plan: open until 12 October 2016

A group of children pose for a photograph.
Anil Gulati, 2005, courtesy of Photoshare

The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, requested the Director-General to develop, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, an implementation plan guiding further action on the recommendations included in the Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. This is to be submitted, through the Executive Board at its 140th session, for consideration by the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The Draft Implementation Plan is now open for consultation.

Ending Childhood Obesity: securing the future for our children

26 May 2016 – The report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity formed the basis for a side event, hosted by Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico, along with New Zealand and Zambia during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly.

Commission presents its final report, calling for high-level action to address major health challenge

A group of children walk across a road.
© 2013 Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare

25 January 2016 -- The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO Director-General today culminating a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The ECHO report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese.

Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity seeks comments on report from around the World

At the first meeting of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity in July 2014, the Commissioners decided it would be important to engage with a broad range of stakeholders. Consultations with representatives from government ministries have been held in all 6 WHO regions around the world. In addition, the Commissioners have heard from non-State actors, both through international and regional meetings.


fact buffet

42 millionIn 2013, 42 million infants and young children were overweight or obese.

Fact sheet on obesity and overweight

70 millionYoung children will be overweight or obese by 2025 if current trends continue.

Facts and figures on childhood obesity

30%The rate of increase is 30% higher in low- and middle-income countries, than that of developed countries.

Obesity and overweight