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Childhood obesity problem unites Pacific Community and Africa

October 18, 2015 10:07 pm

Children suffering from Obesity will be the focus of talks this week in Ghana, West Africa at the final African Region Consultation for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

Chairing the meeting is Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.

Dr Tukuitonga said in the Pacific almost 25% of boys and 20% of girls aged between 13 and 15 classified as obese, and sadly this is a pattern we see repeated in other parts of the world, including Africa.

Dr Tukuitonga is one of 15 members of the WHO Commission which is tasked with producing a report specifying which approaches and combinations of interventions are likely to be most effective in tackling childhood and adolescent obesity in different contexts around the world.

The Draft Final Report of the Commission is open for comment from relevant stakeholders until 13 November 2015, before its final report is due in December.

The meet will take place in Accra, Ghana, on October 22 to 23.