Authors’ conclusions: the prevalence of childhood overweigh and obesity is high, but trends have stabilized in most European countries. There are substantial differences between countries. The growing prevalence in some Mediterranean countries is worrying.
Reviewers’ commentary: the prevalence of excess weight is high throughout Europe. Although trends seem to have stabilized, there is an increasing trend in Iberian countries (Spain and Portugal) compared to the Atlantic countries. This is directly applicable to our environment. Although the cause of overweight is multifactorial, acting on lifestyle, sedentary habits and daily sleep, among other factors, we could decrease the prevalence significantly.