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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2018
E-004335/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004335/2018

The Commission supports Member States' action to address childhood obesity via the strategy on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues(1), the Health Programme(2), the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity(3) and the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health(4), the action plan on Childhood Obesity(5) and the EU Framework for National Initiatives on Selected Nutrients(6).

The Commission also supports the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity(7). The European Week of Sport(8) and certain projects funded by Erasmus+(9) Programme promote physical activity.

By promoting responsible marketing to children(10), improving consumer information(11), and supporting the EU School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme(12) and public procurement guidelines of food in schools(13), the Commission promotes healthier diets.

The Commission launched a study on the exposure of children to marketing of food high in fat, sugars or salt(14).

The 7th Framework Programme for Research devoted EUR 200 million (94 projects) to obesity research(15). 16 projects with EUR 43.5 million focused on children and adolescents(16) delivering a better understanding of the mechanisms, including self-regulatory tools for a better adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and the role of the physical environment.

The Horizon 2020(17), has devoted EUR 75.5 million to 51 projects on obesity, such as the project BigO(18), and offers additional opportunities(19),(20). Under the H2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 EUR 20 million were dedicated to research on how to tackle childhood obesity epidemic(21) funding the CO-CREATE(22) and STOP(23) projects.

The mid-term evaluation report on the action plan on Childhood Obesity is attached.

See annex : Annex

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_determinants/life_style/nutrition/documents/nutrition_wp_en.pdf
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0282&from=EN
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/high_level_group/index_en.htm
(4)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/platform/index_en.htm
(5)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf
(6)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/euframework_national_nutrients_en.pdf
(7)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2013:354:0001:0005:EN:PDF
(8)The first edition of the European Week of Sport was organised in September 2015.
(9)http://ec.europa.eu/sport/opportunities/index_en.htm
(10)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32010L0013&from=EN
(11)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32011R1169&from=en
(12)http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/school-scheme_en
(13)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/public-procurement-food-health-technical-report.pdf
(14)https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=2733
(15)EATWELL: http://www.eatwellproject.eu/en/; GIPIO: http://research.uni-leipzig.de/gipio/; BETABAT: https://betabat.ulb.ac.be/; SPOTLIGHT: https://www.spotlightproject.eu/
(16)ENERGY: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/90260_en.html; TOYBOX: http://www.toybox-study.eu/; CHICOS: http://chicosproject.eu/; OBELIX: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/90983_en.html; EARLYNUTRITION: http://www.project-earlynutrition.eu/eneu/; BETA-JUDO: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/103427_en.html
(17)https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
(18)https://bigoprogram.eu/
(19)http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/health-demographic-change-and-wellbeing
(20)http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/food-security-sustainable-agriculture-and-forestry-marine-maritime-and-inland-water
(21)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/sfs-39-2017.html
(22)https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/216413_en.html
(23)https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214762_en.html

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