WHO Europe has launched its regional obesity report for 2022. The report responds to the growing challenge and impact of obesity within the WHO European Region, building on past publications focusing on overweight and obesity in the Region and aligning with initiatives to tackle cancer within the European Union (EU). It begins with a compilation of the latest data on obesity across the life course in the Region. The following chapters include a discussion of the problem of obesity across the life course and the role of environments, including the fast-evolving topic of digital environments and how these are contributing to the obesity epidemic. A chapter on public awareness of obesity describes the importance of public awareness and further chapters discuss obesity and diseases including cancer and COVID-19, and the clinical management of obesity.
The report concludes by suggesting policy options and population-level approaches that Member States can consider for implementation in order to prevent and manage obesity.
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