A manifesto calls for more resources to prevent childhood obesity from schools

 

 

 


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DKV promotes a manifesto to promote the teaching of healthy habits in Spanish schools in collaboration with the Trilema and Danone Foundation and with the support of SEEDO. The COVID-19 pandemic is influencing the increase in obesity in children. Sixty per cent of primary and secondary schools devote just over an hour per month to health education. 1 in 3 minors between 8 and 16 years of age has excess weight in Spain

The DKV insurance company, with the support of the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO), the Trilema Foundation and Danone, have launched a campaign to collect signatures in Change.org to raise awareness and seek support for their Manifesto “I stand before childhood obesity”.

 

The aim of this action is to encourage Spanish children to have access to comprehensive health education in schools, a training aimed at promoting healthy habits and preventing obesity. To this end, according to the Manifesto's promoters, who have been asked for the collaboration of scientific societies, it is necessary to teach with curricular contents about well-being and healthy eating. With the signatures collected, the collaborating entities will seek to pressure the autonomous communities, in the development decrees of the new Education Act, to devote more resources to health education.

 

In the current Education Act, education for health is a cross-cutting issue and every educational, department or teacher has room to adapt it. According to data from the study “Situation of Health Education in Primary and Secondary Schools”, carried out by the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) (1), 60% of Primary and Secondary Schools devote just over an hour a month to imparting this matter. Significado de emojis

Obesity has increased with pandemic
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems affecting Spanish children: 1 in 3 minors between 8 and 16 years old is overweight in Spain, according to data from the PASOS Study, carried out by the Gasol Foundation in 2019. This situation has worsened with home tuning and distance education resulting from the COVID pandemic19.

Thus, a recent study conducted in Italy has warned that almost half of the children increased their consumption of sweets and spent up to five extra hours per day in front of the screen during confinement (2). And a similar survey conducted in Brazil by UNICEF (3) found that one third of the families had begun to consume more ultra-processed foods and gaseous beverages since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

Faced with this problem, educational and health experts have already supported a document that recommends an active health model, with the learning of healthy lifestyles from early childhood.

Prevention of obesity
“Education in good habits and food is basic and clearly the school is the main site where children are to be taught those habits that make them behave differently and there is less obesity,” explains Dr. Susana Monereo, secretary of the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO).

Among the principles of the Manifesto “I stand before childhood obesity” is the primary role of the school in health education, as well as the need to continue to educate outside the classroom. In addition, the document recalls that “it is the responsibility of all to involve ourselves: homes, schools, means of communication, public policies and companies.”

A manifesto calls for more resources to prevent childhood obesity from schools

A manifesto calls for more resources to prevent childhood obesity from schools

DKV promotes a manifesto to promote the teaching of healthy habits in Spanish schools in collaboration with the Trilema and Danone Foundation and with the supp

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2024-05-20

 

A manifesto calls for more resources to prevent childhood obesity from schools
A manifesto calls for more resources to prevent childhood obesity from schools

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