Addressing Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity  is an important health problem that is increasing in severity throughout the world, with particularly alarming trends in Europe. COSI Portugal is a childhood nutrition surveillance system, integrated in the study Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative for Europe (COSI/WHO Europe) and whose main goal is to create a systematic network to collect, analyse, interpret and share descriptive information about childhood nutritional status of school-age children (6 to 8 years old). It is a surveillance system that produces comparable data between European countries and allows monitoring of childhood obesity every 2-3 years.

Dr. Ana Rito, Principal Investigator of COSI Portugal, is attending a high level meeting on NCD – side event organized by Ministry of Health of Portugal, to present the progress on tackling childhood obesity during the last 10 years.

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