This may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
The number of overweight and obese children in the United States is growing at a rapid rate. Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents has tripled. Roughly one in three children fall within the overweight and obese category and these numbers are increasing.
For a child to be considered obese, their body mass index (BMI) must be in the 95th percentile for children the same age and sex.
The following statistics are a brief glimpse at the uphill battle children face:
- 50% of all advertising aimed at children promotes food and beverage
- Only 4% of elementary schools have daily physical education classes
- Children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cell phones, and movies. Of those 7.5 hours, about 4.5 hours is dedicated to viewing TV.
Helping fight this nationwide health issue is an organization shining a light on three non-profits working hard to reverse this obesity trend.
CharitySub.org is on a mission to tell the stories of causes and non-profits that need your support. CharitySub, short for Charity Subscription, tells the story of a new cause and three new non-profits each month. A $5 / month subscription for giving is all it takes to become a member.
“Giving can seem like a daunting task. Our goal is to make it simple, educational and fun,” says co-founder Amy Crews. “We believe strongly in the power of the collective. By bringing together lots people around small donations, we can increase the awareness of the stories that need told the most.”
With as many as 1 in 5 children ages 6-11 classified as obese, we must take action to get our children healthy. By becoming a CharitySub member, you have the ability to learn about this cause, the three non-profits working hard to curb this epidemic, and make a difference, $5 at a time.
The three CharitySub selected non-profits to combat childhood obesity, being featured for the month of January, are:
FoodCorps: Believes that through three core principles: knowledge, engagement and access, they will be able to curb the obesity epidemic. The FoodCorps program currently has 50 service members across 10 states focusing on the three core areas
FoodFight: Believes that educating the educators will reverse childhood obesity. By bringing holistic nutrition education to both student and teacher, healthy choices trickle from the classroom into the lives’ of the students’ families
Seeds in the Middle: Serving an area in Brooklyn, historically burdened by racial tension and criminal activity, Seeds in the Middle seeks to help the children of Crown Heights develop healthy habits for success in an otherwise challenging environment.
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