Joined the programme in 2020

Our ambition is that health promoting programmes in Istanbul, the cultural heart of Turkey, will provide a good example for the rest of the country.

Beautiful sunset aerial cityscape of Istanbul historic centre with Galata bridge and mosques. Istanbul, Turkey

In Turkey 32% of the population has obesity and 12% has diabetes.1 These numbers are among the highest in Europe and they are expected to rise rapidly over the coming years. It is predicted that by 2025, 30% of men and 48% of women will have obesity1. The total number of people living with diabetes, which today stands at 6.5 million people, is expected to reach 10.4 million by 2045.2

The focus of the Istanbul programme will be childhood obesity, which is rising at alarming rates across Turkey. By 2030 the number of children aged 5 to 19 living with obesity in Turkey is expected to reach 3.4 million.Childhood obesity is not only prevalent in its own right but is also a major risk factor for diabetes. Moreover, studies show that “change of habit” programmes are most effective among younger age groups.


WHO 2018 Country Report:, accessed March 2020


International Diabetes Foundation Diabetes Atlas 2019


Atlas of Childhood Obesity 2019