There has been a dramatic increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes
affecting children and young people in the last decade. These life-shortening
conditions – which can lead to other illnesses and which negatively
affect sufferers’ quality of life – also place a considerable burden
on health-care systems. Member states need to respond urgently to
this public health crisis.
It is essential to focus on the causes and to ensure that
the rights of children and young people to health and a healthy
environment are fully respected. In particular, measures need to
be taken to promote healthy nutritional habits and a healthy lifestyle
(in the family, at school and in the community), as well as a healthy (natural
and built) environment.
In addition, governments should make sure that children and
young people at risk of obesity and/or of various complications
linked to this condition have genuine access to medical advice and
suitable care and treatment.