Are our kids too fat? Increasing child obesity worries WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed deep concern over the worldwide increase in childhood obesity.
Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed deep concern over the worldwide increase in childhood obesity.
At the 67th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, the concern was highlighted by WHO's Director-General Margaret Chan, Xinhua reported.
In her opening address to the assembly, Chan expressed deep concern about the increase worldwide of childhood obesity, with numbers climbing fastest in developing countries.
"As the 2014 World Health Statistics report bluntly states, our children are getting fatter," she said, while warning that childhood obesity is a growing problem with especially high costs.
In dealing with this crisis, the UN health body chief announced that she has established a high-level commission to produce a consensus report specifying which approaches are likely to be most effective in different contexts around the world.
Meanwhile, she also alerted delegates to the importance of addressing climate change. "In March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its most dismal report to date, with a strong focus on the consequences for health," she noted.
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