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Children in southern Europe are eating few fruit and vegetables and drinking a lot of sugary colas and other sweet beverages, said Breda. They eat sweets. They consume too much salt, sugar and fat in their food. And they hardly move, said Dr Joao Breda, head of the WHO European office for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. The countries with the lowest levels of child obesity are Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – but those are all undergoing a “nutrition transition”, moving towards a western diet which may change the picture.