Why Michael Omidi Co-Founded Children’s Obesity Fund
The United States has the highest obesity rate of any developed nation in the world. A full one third of the population can be categorized as overweight or obese, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Obesity Negatively Effects a Child’s Optimal Physical and Mental Development
The health problems directly attributed to obesity are legion. Children are especially adversely affected, since their optimal physical and mental development can be compromised. It was reported recently that obese school children tend to perform at a lower standard in reading and math than non-obese children. This phenomenon is likely due to several factors, including the repercussions from lack of sound, regenerative sleep, since many obese people also suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition caused by a tissue blockage of the airway during sleep, resulting in sleep deprivation, in addition to numerous other medical difficulties. People suffering from sleep deprivation often cannot concentrate properly, have slow reflexes and exhibit diminished motor function. Adolescents already diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder will find their symptoms worsened by lack of sleep.
It is also believed that metabolic syndrome is a contributor to diminished brain development in children, and obese people are more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome than people of a normal weight; it was a condition never seen in children until obesity became so prevalent. Metabolic syndrome is a conglomerate of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a high proportion of abdominal fat and high levels of bad cholesterol. Obese children with metabolic syndrome tested at 10 percent lower on learning aptitude tests than non-obese children. The results were published in the medical journal Pediatrics.
Conditions Never Before Seen in Children Are Now Common Place Due to Obesity
Obesity is a contributing factor to numerous preventable diseases, including type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke. These conditions that were never seen in children before obesity became such a crisis are becoming almost commonplace. These potentially fatal illnesses coupled with the increasing evidence that obesity hinders scholastic performance has convinced my brother Julian Omidi and I that this is an issue that needs all of our help and support.
We invite You to Join Us On Our Mission to Raise Healthy, Vibrant, Strong, Active and Industrious Children.
The Children’s Obesity Fund strives to help educate parents and children about the dangers of childhood obesity, as well as provide access to prevention programs and advice. It is our goal to support other organizations with likeminded objectives in order to increase awareness about this ever growing international problem. My brother Julian and I, as well as everyone at the Children’s Obesity Fund would like to invite you to join us on our mission to raise healthy, vibrant, strong, active and industrious children.