Childhood Obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century and affects 42 million children worldwide. According to WHO (World Health Organization), 70 million young children will be overweight or obese by 2025. If this trend continues, we are facing the first generation that could live less than their parents. Gasol Foundation has been working since 2013 to reverse this trend, reduce Childhood Obesity rates and improve the quality of life for children and their families.
Obesity affects the immediate health, educational level and quality of life in children. Children with obesity are more likely to remain obese in adulthood and are at risk for cardiovascular disease associated with an increased likelihood of premature death and disability.
Always committed to the health of children, and after years of collaborating with several organizations such as Unicef, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the seriousness of Childhood Obesity at a worldwide level led Pau and Marc Gasol, NBA players and All-Stars, to found Gasol Foundation in 2013. Our mission is to contribute in reducing the rates of childhood obesity by modifying the health habits of children, young people and their families through the promotion of sport, physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being.
Gasol Foundation focuses all its energy and resources on promoting and transmitting healthy lifestyles amongst today’s youth through our programs, activities, and initiatives both in Spain and the United States. Through nutritional workshops, physical activity sessions and the key involvement of family and educators, our programs promote children ‘s knowledge, attitudes and habits for their full development.