National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week: 6th to 12th July

What is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week?

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week 2015 refers to a campaign held annually to raise awareness about the rising cases of childhood obesity across the world, particularly in the U.S. where there are more than 23 million obese or overweight childrenand teenagers.

Various organizations including medical experts join hands in creating awareness of childhood obesity that is continually soaring with health professionals terming it to be of grave concern for children. Nearly one third of America’s children are at risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease due to childhood obesity.

Purpose of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week 2015

The purpose of national childhood obesity awareness week is to inform the public about the imminent dangers posed by childhood obesity, its effects on the health of a child, and find out better means to help fight the challenges. The campaign aims to surface parents all over the world with useful information in preventing childhood obesity in their children, come up with meal plans and exercise routines to avert this life-threatening condition. In addition, many organizations, including physicians, educators and elected officials work hand in hand to create an opportunity in standing and fighting childhood obesity. The campaign also aims at raising funds to support affected children, provide access to treatment facilities and carry out researches supporting the fight against childhood obesity. It is an opportunity for members of the public, health organizations, and education institutions to share helpful information in preventing and dealing with childhood obesity.

What you can do on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week 2015

You can help in dozens of ways to help convey the message about childhood obesity by:

  • Writing and publishing articles with useful information in the fight against childhood obesity.
  • Use social media to discuss about childhood obesity and best means to cope.
  • Partner with organizations raising awareness about childhood obesity.
  • Help in distributing posters, flyers and educational materials about childhood obesity.
  • Organize social events or activities to create awareness about childhood obesity.
  • Request local TV and radio stations to air programs discussing childhood obesity.
  • Send newsletters to parents whose children are at risk of childhood obesity.
  • Make donations towards organizations funding researches on childhood obesity.
  • Get in touch with elected officials, school leaders and others who can help towards the effort against childhood obesity.
  • Research and recommend exercises and meal plans for preventing childhood obesity for those at risk.
  • Share with your children, friends or relatives helpful information that promote healthy eating, exercises and improved lifestyles.

Message on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week 2015

Everyone owns the problem of childhood obesity, and we should all be part of the solution. Many are aware that childhood obesity can contribute to serious health complications later in adulthood. We should all join hands and share vital information that can help us win the fight against this plague affecting millions of children all over the world. It is the responsibility of every parent and teachers, leaders and you to shape habits in children if the fight against childhood obesity is to be won. By creating childhood obesity awareness, it will be easier for responsible persons to strongly arm themselves and help win this fight and defend our helpless children.

Special Tips on National Childhood Obesity Awareness Week 2015

  • Encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle by being more physically active or engage in regular exercise.
  • Teach your children the benefits of staying healthy.
  • Eat sensibly and avoid junk and processed foods and drinks.
  • Incorporate plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains in their diet.
  • Avoid substance abuse including alcohol or tobacco.
  • Consume low-fat or non-fat dairy products in their diet.
  • For protein, encourage them to eat lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, or lentils.
  • Control their portions per sitting.
  • Limit their intake for sugary beverages, sweets and saturated fats.
  • Prepare their favorite dishes with healthier recipes.
  • Keep off unhealthy and tempting foodstuffs from your home.
  • Take your children for occasional treats though in moderation.
  • Reduce their sedentary time when they are free by getting them involved in domestic tasks.
  • Don’t allow kids below two years to watch TV as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Conclusion

Childhood obesity awareness week is a golden opportunity for sharing information that can help in the fight against this plague affecting millions of children across the globe. There are several ways through which you can participate and help avert health complications that can result from the condition. Your participation might go a long way in helping an obese child and perhaps help life or lives. You can also help save the life of your children through diet control and encouraging them to live actively. Introduce lifestyle changes in your family to help obese children lose weight gradually.

 

By Kiran Zahra Hussain for Consumer Health Digest