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Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980 and 65% of the world’s population now live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. Some one in three obese children will remain obese into adulthood. This leads to preventable disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which places a burden on public health as well as on economic well-being.
EPODE’s community approach can prevent childhood obesity. It changes the micro and macro environment, behaviours and social norms step by step using social marketing, scientific evaluation, ensuring political support and the involvement of all sectors, particularly the public and private spheres.

From 1992 to present

EIN grew from a local study to a global network of community based programmes and healthy active initiatives in just over ten years. Read the EIN story here!

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EPODE model

The EPODE model is a unique strategy that brings together all sectors of the community – schools, family and public authorities – in an integrated approach to prevent childhood obesity at community level.

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EPODE International Network

The EPODE International Network works to enhance the effectiveness and seeks to ensure the sustainability of over 30 community-based programmes and healthy active initiatives for obesity prevention worldwide. To do this, it uses a unique structure.

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