The mission of Serving Kids Hope is to promote healthy lifestyles in children, families, and communities by addressing medical, nutritional, social, economic and behavioral issues in a comprehensive, compassionate, and empowering manner.
1.Increase awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic.
2.Educate families, providers and the community about treating and preventing childhood obesity.
3.To provide a safety net to families with nutrition related issues in Orange County.
What is Obesity?
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescents is defined according to the WHO growth reference for school-aged children and adolescents (overweight = one standard deviation above the normal body mass index for age and sex, and obese = two standard deviations above the normal body mass index for age and sex). (WHO)
According to a 2010 UCLA Center for Health Policy:
Average rate of overweight/obese students in CA is 38%
Average in Stanton is 51.8% (the highest percentage in Orange County)
Average in Santa Ana is 46.5%
Average in Anaheim is 43.5%
An Ounce of Prevention and Early Intervention
Taveras et al. (2009) found that more-rapid increased in weight for length in the first 6 months of the life were associated with sharply increased risk of obesity of 3 years of age. Changes in weight status in infancy may influence the risk of later obesity more than weight status at birth.
More than 2 dozen studies have addressed the association between birth weight and later obesity, and almost all found that higher birth weight was associated with higher attained BMI in childhood and adulthood.
“Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.”
Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority.” According to the World Health Organization.(WHO)