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Date: 9 October 2017
11:30 - 12:15
Organization: WHO
Location: Room III
Subject: New global study on childhood and adolescent obesity and underweight over past four decades



New global study on childhood and adolescent obesity and underweight over past four decades

EMBARGO: Wednesday, 11 October - 00.30 Geneva time

Ahead of World Obesity Day (11 October), WHO and Imperial College London are releasing results of a joint major global study that reveals the trends in the increase of obesity among children and adolescents aged 5-19 years from 1975-2016, the factors driving this increase and projections. It also charts other forms of malnutrition, including underweight, and presents shifts in the number of children and adolescents being underweight and obese around the world.

WHO is also publishing new guidance on effective actions to curb childhood and adolescent obesity

  • Dr Leanne Riley, study author; Team Leader, Noncommunicable Disease Surveillance, WHO (in Geneva)
  • Professor Majid Ezzati, study lead author; Imperial College London School of Public Health (connecting by telephone)

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