Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Final Report Released Thursday, 4 February 2016

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 here.


 The 6 main recommendations of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.