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Obesity in children and adolescents: Monitoring the relevant factors

About one in six children in Germany is overweight or obese, leading to negative consequences for the health that can continue into adulthood. Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents thus pose major public health challenges. 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. The Robert Koch Institute has established a population-wide system to monitor the factors relevant to childhood obesity: AdiMon. AdiMon 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 data provided by AdiMon help recognising the need for action at an early stage and tracking developments over time. The information can then be used by healthcare professionals to plan prevention measures and to monitor current developments. AdiMon’s tasks and aims are presented in RKI’s AdiMon informative film which is also available in English.

Date: 06.11.2018

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The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

RKI informative film

RKI informative film

Robert Koch – who was he and what does the Robert Koch Institute do today? The RKI informative film tells us all about goals and tasks in two and a half minutes – in German and English.

International Activities

International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Museum at RKI

Museum at RKI

On 180 m², the exhibition shows objects of Robert Koch's life and work and presents today's research at the institute. The Mausoleum containing Robert Koch's ashes can also be visited. The Museum is open from Monday to Friday, admission is free.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

The German Centre for Cancer Registry Data at RKI combines, checks and analyses data from the population-based cancer registries of the German federal states.