Obesity and overweight are serious problems that pose a huge and growing financial burden on national resources. The health consequences of obesity and overweight are many and varied, ranging from an increased risk of premature death to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and psychological complaints. The conditions are largely preventable through lifestyle changes such as healthy diets and increased levels of physical activity to control overweight and obesity. Obesity is a complex issue which requires active participation of many groups including governments, health professionals, the food industry, the media and consumers.

European Congress on Obesity: Takeaways from ECO 2019

09 May 2019

What are the key messages of this year’s European Congress on Obesity? Here are some contributions from the leading obesity experts who took part in ECO 2019.

European Congress on Obesity 2018: What’s new in obesity research?

29 May 2018

EUFIC was back at the 25th European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2018) in Vienna, learning from researchers how their work further helps tackle obesity. Watch the short videos interviews for the key take home messages.

Successful programmes to reduce childhood overweight and obesity

03 May 2018

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods to introduce healthy lifestyle habits. This article provides you with successful measures to prevent childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity (Infographic)

24 April 2018

Childhood obesity in Europe is increasing, with 1 in 3 11-year-olds classified as having developed either overweight or obesity. This infographic explains the risks of childhood obesity as well as highlighting 10 tips to encourage healthy habits in kids.

Recommendations from WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

22 April 2016

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity has presented its consensus report with a set of recommendations that are likely to be most effective at tackling the rising trend of children being overweight...

Preventing childhood obesity through community-based initiatives

28 August 2013

Prevention is widely recognised to be the most efficient and cost-effective way to tackle the obesity epidemic; the most promising approaches target populations rather than individuals, are focused on environmental and policy changes...

Overweight and Obesity Rates in Europe

30 December 2011

It is estimated that the number of people living with obesity in Europe has tripled since the 1980’s. But where are the highest obesity rates in Europe reported?

Obesity and overweight

08 June 2006

Obesity and overweight are serious problems that pose a huge and growing financial burden on national resources...