Europeans hit by a runaway obesity epidemic, aggravated by Covid

More than one in two adults (59%) and nearly one in three children (29% of boys and 27% of girls) are now overweight or obese in the WHO European Region. This is the catastrophic discovery elaborated in the new European Regional Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on obesity 2022, published on Tuesday 3 May. “Rates of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the region note the authors,and continue to grow, with none of the region’s 53 Member States currently on track to meet the WHO’s global noncommunicable disease (NCD) target of halting the rise in obesity by 2025


The WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO / Europe) is one of six WHO regional offices in the world. It serves the WHO European Region which comprises 53 countries and covers a large geographical area extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

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