Discussing children’s digestive health in Europe

United European Gastroenterology - Thu, 07/14/2016

Digestive health issues in childhood have become a pandemic all across Europe. The prevalence of obesity continues increasing throughout the continent, as well as the prevalence of diseases associated to poor nutrition (inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease).  The data collected in 46 European countries show the following results:

  • One out of three children between 6 and 9 years old is overweight or obese.
  • One out of four cases of inflammatory bowel disease is diagnosed during childhood.
  • Liver disease is becoming more common among young children.

These trends continue steadily increasing and cause a significant impact on public health, which has provoked a reaction within the scientific community. In this regard, experts in paediatric gastroenterology have issued a report where they analyse the most important factors involved in this decline of the digestive health and those aspects which require more attention in order to avoid or prevent this situation.

The report of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) stresses the poor quality of the paediatric digestive health across Europe, the current state of service provision and the potential impact on health and economy in the long term. Furthermore, this report highlights those three paediatric areas which may be in need of special attention: early nutrition and obesity, the inflammatory bowel disease and the liver disease.

The UEG aims at raising the political and public awareness, informing policy makers as well as promoting research in these issues.

You can find more information in: United European Gastroenterology