With childhood obesity “Spain is an urgent problem to solve”


The President of the Government explains in the presentation of the National Strategic Plan to Reduce Childhood Obesity that this is a “matter of the state”. However, some autonomous communities have expressed their displeasure, as the plan has not been passed through neither the Public Health Commission nor the Inter-Regional Council.

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The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, with former basketball player Pau Gasol, during the presentation of the National Strategic Plan to Reduce Childhood Obesity, at Getafe.Kiko HuescaEFE

The government’s president, Pedro Sánchez, has defended that childhood obesity is “a state issue” due to the high prevalence rate of the disease among children, which he believes Spain needs to “resolve”. there is a problem”.

Meanwhile, Sanchez has shed light on Presentation Ceremony of the National Strategic Plan for Reducing Childhood Obesity, which was presented this Friday at the Juan de la Cerva Sports Center in Getafe (Madrid). a plan on Some self respecting women have expressed trouble, Therefore, unlike other strategies such as cardiovascular health or mental health, which are presented today It has not passed through discussion bodies such as the Public Health Commission or the Interregional Council.

World Health Organization (WHO)whom the chief executive has thanked for his work against obesity and during the COVID-19 pandemic, describes obesity A “global pandemic”. “This explains the magnitude of the problem and the urgency of implementing measures to combat it. It is one of the most important risk factors for human health worldwide,” Sanchez elaborated.

The President has said in this regard that Obesity “has become one of the biggest social and health problems of the 21st century”, noting that the number of overweight children and adolescents in the world is “over 340 million”., “It has doubled in the last two decades. The speed at which it is growing is even greater,” he lamented.

The thread remembered that Four out of ten children and three out of ten teenagers in Spain are overweight, “This situation stems from the social inequality that we unfortunately suffer in our country, exacerbated by the rise in prices due to the financial crisis, pandemic or war,” he blamed.

Sanchez has placed special emphasis on the relationship between poverty and obesity. “Rates are particularly high among children coming from very low-income families., who are twice as likely to be obese. Poverty is reflected in health indicators,” he said.

Similarly, he noted gender: “Although boys have higher rates than girls, obesity has doubled in girls and adolescents over the past 20 years, a trend we should pay attention to.”

For all these reasons, Sanchez has made sure that The scheme, which aims to reduce the excess weight in childhood by 25 percent and the associated social gap by 40 percentIt aims to “guarantee one of the most important rights, that of the most vulnerable, which requires the commitment of everyone”.

“Being healthy isn’t always easy. It’s not just about what children and families want, which I believe they have, but there are many barriers that can prevent that goal, such as not having access to healthy food.” , not having a place to play or sports, or something important to get enough sleep at night”, he cited, adding that “not sleeping the right hours doubles the risk of obesity in children”.

Thus, the president has insisted that the fight against childhood obesity is “up to all of us”. “Not only for families, but for all administrations. In short, we must all work together to ensure that children and adolescents have equal opportunities for the future, that their early conditions do not lead to full lives. counts”, he concluded.

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