Preventing childhood obesity


Preventing childhood obesity

Children and adolescents are growing up in cities without access to healthy food or safe spaces to play. The lack of availability, affordability and appeal of healthy food and spaces for physical activity increases a child’s risk of living with overweight or obesity.

Childhood obesity is a complex problem shaped by a broad range of biological, environmental and socioeconomic factors. Children living with obesity are more likely to develop non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes at an early age, increasing the risk for long-term health problems.1

Cities for Better Health drives impactful and scalable community-based interventions for the prevention of childhood obesity. Together with local stakeholders, we aim to improve the short and long-term health of children in vulnerable communities through deep-dive obesity interventions in six countries.


World Health Organization (WHO). Factsheet: Obesity and overweight. Updated June 2021. Accessed February, 2022.