At least 41 million children under the age of five years old are either obese or overweight, according to the WHO. The organisation adds that the greatest increase in childhood obesity has been seen by low and middle-income countries.
Following from this, the commission’s report includes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the trend of childhood obesity including:
- Implementing an effective tax on sugar-sweetened beverages;
- Rolling out globally-standardised nutrition labels;
- Increasing access to health foods in disadvantages communities;
- Monitoring and managing appropriate weight gain for pregnant women; and
- Supporting mothers to breastfeed through regulatory measures such as maternity leave, and facilities and time for breastfeeding in the workplace.
Among the 15 commissioners tasked with developing the report was Discovery Group Founder and CEO Adrian Gore.
Download the report: Final Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity