OAC Recognizes Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September
This September marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the OAC is joining the nation’s many communities, health professionals, families and more to actively shed light on the importance of understanding and addressing childhood obesity.
Today, one in three children is affected by childhood obesity. In fact, childhood obesity affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.
While efforts spanning from school cafeterias to Capitol Hill all strive to combat childhood obesity, we continue to face a growing epidemic that threatens the future of our children’s health and quality of life. That’s why this September, the OAC is recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and spreading the word about why we should respectfully acknowledge and manage obesity in today’s youth population.
Why Does Childhood Obesity Matter?
Alongside the physical health impacts of childhood obesity, children affected by obesity often find themselves the target of weight-based stigma and bullying. Consequently, weight-related remarks made to children may have damaging physical and emotional effects and contribute to low self-esteem, poor body image, eating disorders and adult obesity.
For this very reason, the subject of childhood obesity must be treated with the same level of care, treatment, respect and sensitivity that adult obesity demands. Even in children, excess weight and obesity is a complex problem requiring a multidisciplinary approach and a greater level of understanding from families, doctors, communities and the general public.
In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the OAC would like to offer a variety of educational resources to help educate others on the importance of weight and its impact on health for today’s children.
- OAC’s Understanding Childhood Obesity Brochure
- OAC’s Understanding Childhood Obesity Poster
- OAC’s Obesity Stigma Brochure
- From the Schoolyard to Your Hard: Cyber-bullying Brings Victimization Home
- BULLYING, Bullycide and Childhood Obesity
- Childhood Obesity and Stigma
- Building Healthy Nutritional Habits for Your Family
- Children and Weight-based Bullying
- Exercise for the Whole Family
To learn more childhood obesity from the OAC, please CLICK HERE.
To discover how YOU can get involved with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, CLICK HERE.