Childhood ObesityIt is a condition in which a lot of body fat accumulatesto cause adverse effect on health which might cutshort our life or causes health issues. “Overweightand obesity are defined by the WHO as abnormal orexcessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to anindividual’s health”.(http://www.newsmedical.net/health/What-is-Obesity.aspx)
Why we are advocating? child obesity is a vitally important issue and it is extremely serious problem as evidenced by its continual increase in our society as well as the negative impacts it has on childrens health and well-being. As an Early childhood Educator, we are really concerned about the health and wellbeing of children and it is essential for us to do advocacy for obesity, bringing awareness among the society, parents and government. It is very important to advocate the concern of child obesity because; it is becoming a global health problem.
Facts There has also been a dramatic increase in unhealthy weight in children in 1978, only 15% of children were overweight or obese. By 2007, statistic Canada found that 29% of adolescents had unhealthy weight. Most adolescents do not out grow this problem and in fact, many continue to gain excess weight. If current trends continue, by 2040, up to 70% of adults aged 40 years will be either overweight or obese”. (http://www.childhoodobesityfoundation.ca/statistics) An obese child may develop many problems such as breathing disorders, stress, bulling, suicide, isolation, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) certain types of cancers, coronary artery (heart) disease, diabetes, gallbladder or liver disease, gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint disease (e.g., osteoarthritis) and stroke.
Muslim Welfare Centre What they doo They provide healthy lunches for children in public schoolso They provide meals on wheels homeless peopleo They provide healthy foods to families with children three times a weeko Health clinico They provides household items and clothingo Global assistance
Reasons for choosing thisagency We believed this organization plays a big role in helping families and the community by providing: Healthy and nutritious food to families with children Healthy lunches to public school lunch program Meals on wheels program for homeless people Globally they provide assistance to countries with natural and wars situations
How we involved? We provided a news letter to families about healthy eating habits and importance of physical activities We contributed healthy nutritious food to thirty families We contributed healthy lunches to public school lunch program We volunteered on food distribution program
Future plan Our group decided to play a part in volunteering. We prearranged with the agency to volunteer once every three months to help them prepare and distribute healthy food for the families.
Group Members Mbongo Fon nabila Hemamalie Dahanayake Semira Ibrahim Timaj Abdosh Anushy Jay