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01 March 2016

Childhood obesity and children's rights

Childhood obesity rates have doubled (in some cases, tripled) in developed countries over the past 30 years. However, obesity prevention has received little attention as a health concern triggering rights obligations. This article examines the childhood obesity recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and suggests how their engagement with the might be strengthened. It recommends a child-centred approach to obesity prevention inspired by the rights to health and play, and the general principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The article is available online here.