EUROPEAN HEALTH INFORMATION GATEWAY
  • Most important projects and stakeholders working in this area of public health, including intergovernmental organizations, national government bodies, and non-state actors.

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    Stakeholders & projects
    Organisations: 12Projects: 7
  • Information and evidence resources, issue briefs, case studies and evidence synthesis briefs that can inform policy-making.

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    Evidence and evidence-informed practice
    Databases: 8Overviews: 3
  • A collection of policies and analyses in this area of public health in the WHO European Region.

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    Policy & analysis
    Policy: 6Analysis: 4
  • A reference list of tools and methods to aid in the design, implementation and monitoring of policies in this area of public health.

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    Tools & methods
    Monitoring: 4Policy support: 12
  • Explore related indicators and visualizations, download data in Excel and CSV formats, analyze and share graphics.

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    Indicators & visualizations
    Indicators: 113Visualizations: 198

About the theme

Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight. Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight (this includes all high-income and most middle-income countries). WHO Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective programmes and address risk factors.

Featured indicator

  • Age-standardized prevalence of obesity (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m2) in people aged ≥ 18 years and over, WHO estimates (Map)
  • Age-standardized prevalence of overweight (defined as body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 kg/m2) in people aged ≥ 18 years (Map)
  • Proportion of young people who report at least one hour of MVPA daily [11 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who report at least one hour of MVPA daily [13 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who report at least one hour of MVPA daily [15 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who are overweight or obese [11 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who are overweight or obese [13 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who are overweight or obese [15 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who eat breakfast every weekday [11 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who eat breakfast every weekday [13 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)
  • Proportion of young people who eat breakfast every weekday [15 year-olds] (Horizontal bar chart)