Almost 1 in 3 children in the US is either overweight or obese.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
Childhood obesity is an epidemic that is threatening the future of our nation. Awareness and prevention of this crisis is a mission for all Americans. The newly founded Children’s Obesity Fund (COF) is a non-profit organization that was established to fight childhood obesity in our communities. COF is committed to support organizations and agencies that provide information and resources to parents, educators and other role models to help our children make choices that will lead to healthier lives.
First Lady Michelle Obama is a leader in the campaign against childhood obesity. She is a passionate and tireless advocate in raising awareness on this issue. According to the program she founded, Let’s Move (letsmove.gov), childhood obesity rates in the United States have tripled in the last 30 years. Almost one in every three children is overweight or obese with nearly 40% of African American and Hispanic children overweight or obese.
Childhood obesity affects all income levels and ethnicities and the associated complications can impede the physical, social and emotional well-being of a child. Related health problems are well known: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, sleep disorders, and high blood pressure. In addition, obese children often suffer with behavioral and learning problems, depression and low self-esteem, and are frequent targets for teasing and bullying. Obese children are also more likely to become obese as adults.
We all know that good food choices and more physical activity can lower the risk of obesity and developing related diseases. However, there are a myriad of lifestyle factors today that make it difficult for everyone to maintain an ideal weight: the ease and affordability of fast food, larger serving portions, and the popularity of sedentary activities such as computers, television and video games.
The Children’s Obesity Fund aims to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand children’s obesity and its dire impact on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to teach children healthy behaviors early on. COF hopes to encourage and support meaningful initiatives so that we can work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. More information about the Children’s Obesity Fund is available at http://www.childrensobesityfund.org.