The world heart day! This year, children and adolescents are at the centre of all concerns. Indeed, the World Heart Federation intends to set alarm bells ringing before the devastation caused by the unhealthy lifestyle of children.
Poor eating habits, smoking, lack of exercise and high blood pressure are the bed of heart disease and stroke. To prevent these evils, we urgently need to play the card of the prevention from the earliest age.
Obesity, physical inactivity and smoking: the infernal trio
According to the World Heart Federation **, 22 million children under five years in the world are obese and many others suffer from overweight… And obesity is growing at an alarming rate both in developed countries than in developing.
In the United States, nearly one in three aged between 5 and 14 children is overweight compared to one out of six 30 years ago. In Beijing, one in five school-age children is obese. If this trend is confirmed, the children will be more exposed to cardiovascular disease and stroke than their elders. A phenomenon that will significantly decrease life expectancy.
According to Janet Voute of the Federation world of the heart, “We must protect our children from an environment that promotes obesity by teaching them to adopt good eating habits that they will keep their whole life and limiting their exposure to ready-to-eat food rich in fat and little nutritional value”. Promoting physical activity is also a priority, because two-thirds of the world’s children are not active enough to stay healthy.
In addition to obesity, tobacco poses a serious threat. The majority of smokers consume their first cigarette before the age of ten! And more you start smoking young, more risk of developing heart disease. Added to this already dramatic situation is the fact that nearly half children living with a smoker and are thus victims of passive smoking.
“A heart for life”
Worn by “A heart for life” slogan, the World Heart Day is sponsored by the Member organizations of the World Heart Federation in some 100 countries. “The world day of the heart is designed to encourage the population to reduce the risk of heart disease-affected by opting for a healthier way of life. Practice more to physical activity, not smoking, eating in a balanced way and monitor weight, are part of the basic rules”said Professor Poole-Wilson.
According to the national Institute of prevention and education (Inpes) healthy, “the food and physical activity are two key elements of the weight gain prevention: Obesity 7-10% of adults and 16% of children from 7 to 9 years are overweight or obese”. Against this scourge, several actions are carried out in the direction of the youth.