Children and obesity

Health LobsterNipples August 8, 2016 0 0
There are more and more children are overweight. For various reasons, since 1980 an increase of eight percent among teens. The consequences are an increase of children with physical complaints and disorders. Preventing and combating childhood obesity is increasingly necessary. Internationally, the World Health Organization has created a committee to address this issue. National exists in the Netherlands Healthy Weight Covenant that is to bring through cooperation with various parties overweight and obesity in children under the spotlight.
  • Increase since 1980
  • What is the cause?
  • Consequences
  •  WHO approach
  • Preventing and combating obesity among young people
  • Healthy Weight Covenant

Increase since 1980

Obesity in children and adolescents from two to twenty years has increased from six percent in 1980 to fourteen percent in 2010.
According to the Fifth National Growth Study by TNO in 2010, these are also more and more children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is more common in girls than in boys, but the difference decreases.

What is the cause?

There are several reasons why children in the course of time have become increasingly fatter. Nutrition is an important cause and especially wrong diet. Nutrition where many carbohydrates and fats into his or much sugar and salt. Chips, crisps, chocolate and cake just to name a few. This diet has become increasingly cheap over the years and hence affordable for everyone. Another reason is that children exercise less than they used to, they are more likely to go to school or taken to their club by car and much time is spent behind the television or the computer. So mainly the combination of lack of exercise and improper diet.


Children who are overweight or obese children are more likely to develop physical symptoms or conditions like diabetes. They also are more likely to have overweight as adults and therefore at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and certain cancers. Obesity in children can also cause stigma and are often bullied. If children have developed an unhealthy lifestyle is more difficult for them to later switch to a healthy lifestyle.

 WHO approach

The World of Health has created a commission in 2014 that will examine how the global problem of obesity in children can best be addressed. In many countries there is a rapid increase in obesity in infants and young children up to five years. Because of this problem is now on hold, both the risk of future disease reduced improved if the direct health.
It is intended that the committee delivers a report containing the methods of approach that have the best chance of success in the various areas of the world. Several experts have to go through the report come to a united approach. Social scientists, experts in the field of public health, clinical scientists and economists together with their research findings reach a coherent plan.

Preventing and combating obesity among young people

First and foremost, it is important that children eat healthy food. If sweet drinks that contain lots of sugar, such as soft drinks, replaced by fresh juice or water has already won a lot. By possibly some ice cubes and a slice of lemon or lime to do in the water which gives it a fresher taste. It is also important not often nibbled it is, replace the sweets with fruits such as mandarins, apples, bananas and strawberries for example. Vegetables such as sweet paprika's, cucumbers and tomatoes in different colors you can use as a candy substitute.
Sports, outdoor games, walking or cycling to school, many in his movement is very important. Reduce the time it takes a child spends behind the television or the computer or other sedentary activities. Encourage children to move and teach them early to become a sports club member.

Healthy Weight Covenant

The Healthy Weight Covenant was founded in 2010 and is a collaboration of twenty-six different lots consisting of business, government and social organizations. Their goal is the increase in overweight to redirect to a decline and increasing knowledge about the health risks of overweight and obesity. The part JOGG - Youngsters at a Healthy Weight - focuses on those areas where an overweight obesity is the most common among the youth from 0 to 19 years. Through cooperation between schools, sports clubs, GPs and housing associations will be more emphasis on exercise and healthy eating.