Obesity network helps overweight children

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Since 2006 obesity network in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

More and more children and adolescents have problems with being overweight, and young people in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are particularly affected. To help here, there has been the "Obesity Network" since 2006, in which doctors, therapists, associations, offices and health insurers have come together with various obesity projects and are now offering those affected to lose weight.

Particularly many overweight children from low-income families Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is at the top in a nationwide comparison: 13 to 17 percent of overweight to obese (obese) children and adolescents in Germany live in the northeastern state, says network spokesman Ralf Schiel, pediatrician and chief the Inselklinik Heringsdorf on Usedom, opposite the news agency dpa. According to the doctor, the reason for this is in particular the social component, because many of the overweight children come from low-income families. In addition, there is the problem of poor infrastructure in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, because in villages where there is no public transport other than the school bus, adolescents often have little opportunity, for example, to train regularly in sports clubs.

More than every tenth freshman in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern overweight Overweight among children is still a big problem - because although there is currently no further increase in the number of people affected nationwide according to the Robert Koch Institute Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern continues to stand out For example, the school entrance examinations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2009/10 showed that 12.4 percent of new school students were overweight and another 5.5 percent were obese, the network said.

Food culture in families is often incorrect According to Heike Haase, a doctor at the children's center in Schwerin and head of the obesity project "Gummibärenbande", a big problem is that the food culture in many families is not right. In order to provide active support here, the six children of the "Gummibärenbande" (8 to 14 years old) meet every 14 days in order to cook together, play sports, hold conversations or practice relaxation techniques - because the idea behind the project is that the children not only “share experiences and playfully convey information about nutrition and exercise [...] here they also have positive physical and physical experiences,” according to the information provided by the obesity network. the children are motivated to keep a nutrition and exercise protocol ", whereby the decrease and length growth would be documented regularly - but according to Haase this happens in a very sensitive way:" It is not about public weighing, but about a new way of life and shaping the kids "said the doctor.

Central task: strengthening children's self-esteem Steffi Dunkelmann, pediatrician at the Boltenhagen health clinic in Northwest Mecklenburg, is primarily concerned with strengthening the self-esteem of children and adolescents and thereby creating the basis for a long-term change in diet. Therefore, the doctor offers help in the form of nutritional advice or shopping training, on the other hand, sport, play and exercise are an integral part of her therapy. For a successful diet change, however, the parents would also have to work actively - that's why, for network spokesman Ralf Schiel, advice and training for parents is an important aspect in connection with the treatment of overweight children. According to Schiel, stationary cures could by no means solve all weight problems; instead, those affected could only do something about obesity with a changed lifestyle. In order to offer long-term support here, Schiel is also trying to provide e-mail and SMS advice for months after the cure as part of his project "TeleAdi" (long-term telemedical care for children and adolescents with obesity and obesity), the idea apparently promising is because, according to the obesity network, the program is "highly accepted by overweight and obese children and adolescents". (No)

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