Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

Save the date – Thursday 26 May at 17h45, Room XII, Palais de Nations, Geneva

Children playing a game.

The Permanent Missions of Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico are organizing an event, "Ending childhood obesity: Securing the future of our children," during the 69th World Health Assembly, co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of New Zealand and Zambia. The Commission will present the recommendations in their report. Ministers of Health from Ghana, Malaysia and Mexico will discuss issues of childhood obesity particularly relevant to their settings and a young person will give her personal perspective. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion. There will be interpretation in English, French and Spanish.

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.

Commissioners hear from young people about preventing childhood obesity

Students at a meeting, Aukland, New Zealand
WHO/C. Dewan

28 July 2015 - Auckland, New Zealand. The Commissioners visited Tamaki College secondary school in Auckland, to hear from young people, as part of the regional consultation with Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The students, many from Pacific Island communities, told the Commissioners that overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes are very common in their community and serious health concerns for many of their families. They discussed what actions they felt need to be taken to tackle this issue.


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