Draft final report from Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity now open for comment

01 October 2015

The draft final report from the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is now open for comment.

The commission, co-chaired by Sir Peter Gluckman, suggests a package of interventions to tackle the growing burden of childhood obesity.

In 2013, there were 42million overweight or obese children in the world and this is predicted to rise to 70million if current trends continue.

To curb the growing number of obese young people, the Commission’s report makes the following recommendations:

  • Implementing taxes on sugar-sweetened non-alcoholic beverages

  • Restricting marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children

  • Introducing a global food labelling system to help consumers make healthier choices

  • Creating healthy food environments in schools, childcare centres, sports facilities etc

  • Encouraging physical activity by ensuring there are adequate public facilities for sport and recreation

  • Optimising maternal health before conception and during pregnancy

  • Strengthening existing infant and child feeding guidelines

  • Boosting nutrition and health literacy in schools

  • Developing weight management support services for children and adolescents.

You can read the draft final report here.  You have until November 13, 2015 to make a submission.