Obesity and overweight have assumed epidemic proportions in the region of the Americas, which now has the highest prevalence of all the World Health Organization regions: 62% of adults are overweight or obese. This epidemic has not spared children and adolescents, and 20% to 25% are affected by overweight or obesity.

Consequences include an increase in the risk of asthma, type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and low self-esteem. In addition, children who are overweight have a higher risk of being overweight or obese as adults. For the first time, life expectancy may be lower for one generation than for the previous one.

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Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity and Overweight in Children and Adolescents.

This public health plan adopts a preventive, multi-sectorial and life-course approach, and considers the social determinants of health. It aims at promoting an environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity, and making the healthier option the easier option. To support countries in the fight against obesity, PAHO provides technical guidelines and cooperation, advocates for programs and policies, and fosters collaboration among countries.

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WHO Public consultation on the draft WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children and adolescents, adults and older adults 2020

WHO is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children and adolescents, adults and older adults 2020. Therefore, a public consultation phase is now open to gather feedback on the draft recommendations before they are finalized.

The consultation period ends on Friday, 17 April, 2020.

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