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Obesity in Europe


World Health Organisation (WHO)

Subject Keywords: Resources on obesity from the Regional Office for Europe, WHO
Set: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Type: Report
Region: Europe

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Its prevalence has tripled in many countries in the WHO European Region since the 1980s, and the numbers of those affected continue to rise at an alarming rate, particularly among children. Obesity is already responsible for 2-8% of health costs and 10-13% of deaths in different parts of the Region. National policies should encourage and provide opportunities for greater physical activity, and improve the availability and accessibility of healthy foods. They should also encourage the involvement of different government sectors, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders. To facilitate Region-wide action, WHO/Europe organized a Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity, held in Istanbul, Turkey on 15-17 November 2006. At the Conference, Member States adopted a European Charter on Counteracting Obesity



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Suggested citation:

World Health Organisation (WHO). (2008) Obesity in Europe [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th August 2018].


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