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The AdiMon Indicator System

Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents pose major public health challenges. About one in six children in Germany is overweight or obese. Among the 11- to 13-year-olds, the rate is even one in five. Obesity can have negative consequences for the health of children that can continue into adulthood.

Childhood obesity is caused by a variety of individual and environmental factors that cannot be reduced to individual dietary habits and levels of physical activity. As such, providing healthy food in day-care centres can contribute as much to obesity prevention as the presence of spaces for sport in the local environment and parents acting as role models.

The Robert Koch Institute has established a population-wide system to monitor the factors relevant to childhood obesity: AdiMon. The AdiMon Indicator System answers questions such as ‘How many children drink sugary drinks every day?’, ‘How are patterns of food consumption changing?’ and ‘How many children are affected by poverty?’ The information provided to these and many other questions enables the need for action to be recognised at an early stage and to track developments over time. This information can then be used by healthcare professionals to plan prevention measures and to monitor current developments. Currently focusing on the early childhood (0-6 years), AdiMon will cover the whole lifespan of childhood and youth (0-17 years) by the end of 2020.

The indicator system is available online (in German language): www.rki.de/adimon. AdiMon is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Contact: adimon[at]rki.de

Picture: Indicator system of the population-wide system to monitor the factors relevant to childhood obesity. Source: © RKI

Date: 06.11.2018