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.

hidden May 20, 2014 09:00:10 IST
Are our kids too fat? Increasing child obesity worries WHO

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.

Are our kids too fat Increasing child obesity worries WHO

Image used for representational purpose. Reuters

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.

IANS

Updated Date:

also read

29 November: Remembering historic events that happened on this day
World

29 November: Remembering historic events that happened on this day

On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly enacted Resolution 181 (II)- The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine

Kim Jong Un's daughter unveiled last week is his 2nd child
World

Kim Jong Un's daughter unveiled last week is his 2nd child

Youn Kun-young, who also attended the NIS meeting, said he also was briefed that she is Kim's second child but refused to provide further details

We don't need to be told what to do on democracy, says India at the UN
India

We don't need to be told what to do on democracy, says India at the UN

India on Thursday assumed Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December, during which it will host signature events on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism