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To tackle chilhood obesity

Protecting children’s rights: why governments must be bold to tackle childhood obesity

Oliver T Mytton, Claire Fenton-Glynn, Emma Pawson Russell, M Viner Sally C Davies

“The UK Chief Medical Officer’s independent review of childhood obesity, Time to Solve Childhood Obesity, was published on Oct 10, 2019.

In England the prevalence of childhood obesity is too high; about 20% of children aged 10–11 years are obese(≥95th centile on the UK90 growth charts).

There is widespread public support for action with three “chapters” of an ambitious plan outlined by the UK Government.

Now we need a focus on implementing solutions, and the independent review calls for bold action to improve children’s health.
Today, the high prevalence of obesity in children is the canary in the coal mine, an early warning that things are wrong in the environment. Too few children have access to healthy, affordable food, and too few are sufficiently active for health. Additionally, many environmental factors contribute to child ill-health:
  • shops and many public places flooded with heavily promoted less-healthy food options;
  • advertising and sponsorship that place less-healthy foods centre stage in young minds;
  • urban streets dominated by traffic, with too few opportunities to walk to school, to ride a bicycle, or simply to play and explore.
These issues affect all our children. However, not all children are affected equally. Children who grow up in deprived neighbourhoods are disproportionately affected.”

Foot solidaire: against the trafficking of the African young football players

Foot Solidaire (http://www.footsolidaire.org/#) is an internationally operating non-profit organization with the goal of protecting young soccer players from exploitation and trafficking due to their love of the game.

Predominantly in West Africa, but in other areas as well there are people posing as soccer agents or talent scouts that scam young players and their families. They promise the player (usually only about 16 years old) tryouts with professional European clubs and generally charge the equivalent of $2000. This usually means that the boys family will give the fake agent their entire savings, even selling their homes and businesses in order to provide their son with this opportunity. The “agent” then takes the money and flies the boy into Europe somewhere…and abandons him. These young men find themselves in foreign countries with nothing – no money, nowhere to live, and no means of contacting their family or getting back home.

Foot Solidaire works directly with the boys that find their way into the Paris metropolitan area as well as working with governments and soccer organizations to raise awareness and to make it as difficult as possible for these fake agents to keep working. Foot Solidaire is currently dedicating itself to a program of information dispersal, education, and the creation of positive soccer programs for young players in Africa.