WHO Child Obesity Surveillance Initiative
Financial Times (UK and international)
Covid-19 risks denting progress on childhood obesity, says WHO
Leke Oso Alabi
The World Health Organization said that the spread of Covid-19 was likely to have a negative impact on rates of childhood obesity, following restrictions on social gatherings and in-person learning.
The WHO cautioned on Tuesday that school closures and lockdowns could impact access to school meals and physical activity time for children.
“Covid-19 could potentially amplify one of the most worrying trends in the WHO European region – growing childhood obesity,” said Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe.
The global health body called for childhood obesity prevention strategies to remain a priority during the pandemic.
The WHO European childhood obesity surveillance initiative report, which was presented at this week’s European Congress on Obesity found that one in three children aged six to nine years was overweight or obese.
However, childhood obesity stabilised or declined in some of the 13 European countries where it was possible to examine trends over time.
Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia showed a decreasing trend for both overweight and obese children.
“It is heartening to see that when countries act it has a measurable effect,” said Dr Nino Berdzuli, director of the division of country health programmes at the WHO regional office for Europe.
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