Julian & Michael Omidi – Co-Founders of Children’s Obesity Fund
Children’s Obesity Fund was founded as a reaction to the increasing number of children in the United States that are now overweight and obese and the detriment that this is having on the health of a nation. At Children’s Obesity Fund a number of resources and tools are being employed to combat the obesity epidemic that is affecting not only children in America but also in Europe and Mexico among other countries.
The statistics are startling:
- In the United States obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years with 20% of children qualifying as obese, up from 7% in 1980.
- Mexico is also seeing a significant rise in childhood obesity rates, with 28% of children ages 5 to 9 qualifying as overweight or obese and 38% of those ages 10 to 19 falling under the same category
- According to statistics Brazil has 15% of its child population classified as obese.
- In Europe Portugal has seen obesity rates among children to climb into the double-digits and England, according to the most recent reports, claims that 25% of boys and 33% of girls between ages 2 and 19 are overweight or obese.
With obesity contributing to higher risks of type 2 diabetes, gallstones, coronary artery disease, stroke, and sleep apnea it is imperative to do something to stem the tide of childhood obesity.
Children’s Obesity Fund’s Mission
Through providing prevention information – such as plans to change nutrition and promoting physical activities – to providing grants to charities and organizations that fight childhood obesity and building awareness of the problems that obese children face it is the goal of Children’s Obesity Fund to help the children of the United States and the world live healthier lives.