COSI

   

WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI)

The WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (or COSI), is a unique system that for over 10 years has measured trends in overweight and obesity among primary school aged children. COSI involves taking standardized weight and height measurements from over 300 000 children across the WHO European Region, providing nationally representative data for participating countries, as well as a large Region-wide data set for analysis of the determinants of childhood overweight and obesity. This vital collaboration between WHO/Europe and research institutions from across the Region provides high-quality data to inform policy and practice to respond to the problem of childhood overweight and obesity.

Over 40 Member States of the Region will participate in the fifth round of COSI during the 2018–2019 school year.

COSI Publications

The third round of data collection took place during the 2012–2013 school year and included assessment of more than 250 000 primary school-aged children in 19 countries.

 The WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (or COSI) is a unique system that for over 10 years has measured trends in overweight and obesity among primary school aged children.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has established the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative in more than half the countries in the Region for routine monitoring of the policy response to the emerging obesity epidemic.

  The WHO Regional Office for Europe has established the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative in more than half thecountries in the Region for routine monitoring of the policy response to the emerging obesity epidemic.   This is the first official WHO report on the implementation of COSI during two data collection rounds (school years 2007/2008 and 2009/2010) in 16 participating countries.   The Action Plan is intended to significantly reduce the burden of preventable diet-related noncommunicable diseases, obesity and all other forms of malnutrition still prevalent in the WHO European Region.   WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 4–5 July 2013, Vienna, Austria.   To address the growing challenge posed by the epidemic of obesity to health, economies and development, the Ministers and delegates attending the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity (Istanbul, Turkey, 15–17 November 2006) adopted the European Charter on Counteracting Obesity.