“A child of workers is now four times more likely to be obese than a child of managers”

Tribune The 83% of patients with Covid-19 hospitalized in intensive care are overweight or obese. The development and severity of the disease are marked by social inequalities. This finding does not surprise doctors who know that obese people are six times more likely to develop for example type 2 diabetes and that these issues affect more frequently people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Doctors also know that 40% of obese adults were already in adolescence and that an obese child at 10 years old has an 80% risk of being so still in adulthood ! On the other hand, do we know that a child of workers is now four times more likely to be obese than a child of managers? And even if we are talking about the stability of the progression of overweight and obesity in children, it is somewhat the tree that hides the forest of inequalities.

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The prevalence of overweight and obesity continues to increase among workers’ children, with an increase of 8% between 2009 and 2017, and a 10 point differential compared to the children of managers in whom obesity and overweight stagnate or even decline. Globally, the situation is even more dramatic: according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), 6.7% of children are obese, the number of obese children and adolescents having increased tenfold over the past forty years.

Stop health inequalities from childhood

Are we going to continue doing nothing in the face of the disaster that these figures predict us in the long term, to orient our health systems on curative measures while promoting a life in better shape for all, thanks to prevention, is recognized as an element? determining resistance to many diseases, chronic or viral?

Also, as part of the International Day of the Rights of the Child, Friday, November 20, we are sounding the alarm: stop health inequalities from childhood, which are preventable because they are linked to lifestyles that promote overweight, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Let’s fight against the lack of ambition in health prevention.

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Faced with an emergency situation, we must put an end to stagnation with foreseeable consequences in the medium or long term. All the more so since we have shown that we can act effectively with children to promote the acquisition of good eating practices, physical activity or sleep, and thus prevent overweight and childhood obesity. .

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