Réseau d’action en santé cardiovasculaire
Fitting the high prevalence of obesity and its cardiovascular complications
in children and families
HEALTHY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Deploy the Approach 180 by establishing care programs and activities enabling children and families to receive the services they need to prevent or manage obesity and other non-communicable diseases through healthy lifestyle education.
Implement educational and awareness programs, based on the Approach 180, dedicated to all actors of the health sector and sectors concerned by the problematic of obesity and other non-communicable diseases, in order to provide them with standardized knowledge and skills in preventive and global health based on a healthy lifestyle.
Since 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have increased their efforts to defeat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes type 2, cardiovascular complications and certain cancers through recommendations for the implementation of programs intended to fight a neglected pandemic: obesity. Despite these efforts, the children of the current generation are the first whose life expectancy, for the first time, will decrease by 3 years.
Globally, in 2018, the WHO reported that more than 340 million children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 live with obesity and almost 40 million children under 5 years suffer from this pandemic disease. Globally, approximately 13% of the adult population suffers from obesity, representing 650 million individuals worldwide. The prevalence of obesity has tripled globally since 1975.
Long stigmatized as a reversible consequence of personal choices and responsibilities, obesity has complex genetic, physiological, socio-economic and environmental causes. Its high prevalence is the result of societal responsibility.
In order to overcome this new millennium challenge, these three organizations (WHO, UN, OECD) have declared that governments, wherever they are, will not win this battle without the support of industry, foundations and commercial enterprises. They call for valuable partnerships to educate, transform the healthcare offer and ensure healthier families around the world.