Europeans hit by galloping obesity epidemic made worse by Covid

More than one in two adults (59%) and almost one in three children (29% of boys and 27% of girls) are now overweight or obese in the WHO European Region. This is the disastrous finding recorded in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new European regional report on obesity 2022, published this Tuesday 3 May. “Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the Region note the authors,and rising, with none of the Region’s 53 Member States currently on track to meet the WHO global target for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) of halting the rise in obesity by 2025

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

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