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.
Mandates and Strategies
- Population-based and individual approaches to the prevention and management of diabetes and obesity - 2008 (Resolution)
- Plan of Action for the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Adolescents
- Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health - 2004
- Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases