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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Print version ISSN 0042-9686

Bull World Health Organ vol.80 n.9 Genebra Sep. 2002

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862002000900020 

Childhood obesity control strategy under preparation

Childhood obesity is not confined to rich industrialized countries. In Egypt, for example, surveys of four-year-old children have shown that more than 25% of them are overweight or obese. In Nigeria and Kenya between 5% and 10% fall into these categories. Similar findings are reported from other continents. The strongly suspected causes are reduced physical activity and over-consumption of energy- dense convenience foods. Its effects include risk of type 2 diabetes and its consequences – particularly cardio-vascular disease. The WHO diabetes programme is building a strategy for diet and physical activity, which will be presented at the World Health Assembly in 2004. Further information from Rhys Williams (email: williamsrh@who.int).