The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) has presented
its final report to WHO Director General. WHO has estimated 41
million children under the age of five are overweight. Six
main recommendations are described in the report aiming at
governments to reverse the trend of under 5 year old becoming
overweight and obese.
WHO calls for leadership from government and action from
non-governmental organisations and the private sector to advocate
for and support the recommendations. The report states the
importance of a whole of government approach in which policies
across all sectors take health into account to improve population
health and health equity.
"Increased political commitment is needed to tackle the global
challenge of childhood overweight and obesity," says Sir Peter
Gluckman, Commission co-chair and Chief Science Advisor to the New
Zealand Prime Minister." WHO needs to work with governments to
implement a wide range of measures that address the environmental
causes of obesity and overweight, and help give children the
healthy start to life they deserve."
Read the final report