Childhood Obesity is the Launch Cause for CharitySub

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. 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.

Ready to board CharitySub? Visit their site to start your subscription for giving.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this article

paul m.
paul m5 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

On its own it will not bring change.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

The numbers are frightening. Obesity is becoming a serious problem and if we don't do anything, we'll slowly die from it.

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

thank you.. the more I read about obesity, and the more overweight children I see, the more passionate I become about parents doing the right thing by their kids

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

Gladly shared on facebook and google

jayasri amma
jayasri amma6 years ago

thank you

Chad A.
Chad A6 years ago

Good, but we also need institutional changes to the farm bill, to agribusiness, to the fast food and grocery industries, among others.

Ann Fuller
Ann Fuller6 years ago

FRESH fruit & vegies and exercise is the way to go!!