The World Health Organization has identified childhood obesity as one of the most serious health challenges of the 21st Century. According to the World Obesity Federation, it is estimated that 124 million children and adolescents are obese worldwide. They predict the number of obese children globally will reach 250 million by 2030. If this trend continues, we are facing the first generation that could live less than their parents.
Obesity can impact all systems of the body causing neurological, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal complications, as well as psychosocial implications (Malik, Pan, Willett, & Hu, 2013 and Ebbeling, 2002). In addition, children with obesity are more likely to remain obese into adulthood and are at-risk to develop chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease (World Health Organization, 2020).
Since 2013, Gasol Foundation works to reduce childhood obesity rates and 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 the key involvement of family and educators, our programs promote children‘s knowledge, attitudes and habits for their full development.