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WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI): Ireland


World Health Organization

Subject Keywords: Childhood obesity
Topic: Obesity
Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland

In 2005 Member States recognized the need for standardized and harmonized surveillance systems on which to base policy development on obesity within the European Region. In response to this need, WHO/Europe established a childhood obesity surveillance system in seventeen countries in the Region. The system aims to measure routinely trends in overweight and obesity in primary school children(6-9years), in order to understand the progress of the epidemic in this population group and to permit intercountry comparisons within the European Region.
The first data collection took place during the school year 2007/2008, with 13 countries participating (Belgium (Flemish region), Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden). The second round will take place from spring to autumn 2010 with four new participating countries: Greece, Hungary, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Spain.



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World Health Organization. (2010) WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI): Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 10th April 2020].


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