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Why doesn’t government do anything for obese children? Expert sounds the alarm

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Education, income, migration background: Why is the government not doing anything for obese children? Expert sounds the alarm

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Many children are affected by obesity. The government should actually do something for these children, says nutritionist Uwe Knop. He asked the responsible ministries. Their answers are surprising.

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Which children are particularly affected by obesity?

A new study by the University of Ulm has recently confirmed that children are more likely to be overweight if they live in a family low household income or Migration background growing up or a parent themselves Overweight has. However, this seems much more relevant Educational status of parents because: Health-related risks occur particularly in families with a low level of education, even among children aged three to five.

A concrete correlation looks like this: Children of parents without a university degree were twice as likely to be overweight as those of university graduates. These correlates of “unfair obesity” are not new and have been repeatedly observed in numerous previous studies.

What data was that before, are there any impressive confirmations?

The connection between overweight and especially obesity (obesity) and socioeconomic status (SES = education, occupation, income) in children and adolescents has long been known internationally. The data clearly and impressively shows that not all population groups are affected equally often, because: the lower the SES, the higher the obesity rate.

About the expert Uwe Knop

Uwe Knop, born in 1972, is a qualified nutritionist, author, and speaker for lectures at professional associations, companies and at medical training courses. His book “Successfully lose weight and stay slim” was published by Springer-Verlag.

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For example, the KiGGS Wave 2 of the RKI (Robert Koch Institute) showed in 2017: In population groups with low SES, 9.9% of all 3- to 17-year-old children and adolescents were affected by obesity, but only in families with high SES 2.3%. That’s almost 5 times as many obese children!

And the DAK children and youth report confirmed just one year later: Children of parents without a qualification are up to 3.5 times more likely to be affected by obesity than children of academics. According to the DAK report, 5.2% of children of parents with poor education are morbidly overweight – the figure for academic children is only 1.5%.

What consequences should and must this have?

Quite simply: Full focus of all political measures from the responsible federal ministries of nutrition (BMEL), health (BMG) and families (BMFSFJ) on these particularly affected target groups – very specifically, because they are particularly in need of state support. But: The reality is different – ​​unfortunately. It’s very surprising what you have to find out when asked.

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You asked all three ministries – what were the answers?

Cem Özdemirs BMEL currently has no concrete measures in the portfolio that are specifically aimed at particularly affected target groups who have a very high risk of juvenile obesity: children with a migrant background from low-income families whose parents are themselves fat and poorly educated – because, according to the BMEL, according to its own statements, a “broader, holistic approach”.

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That too BMFSFJ Minister Lisa Paus “unfortunately cannot help” with concrete measures. Interesting: Both ministries refer in unison to Karl Lauterbachs BMG. But what a surprise: The BMG was also unable to name a specific measure that is specifically/exclusively aimed at children from families with low household income, a migrant background and low educational status of their parents.

The obfuscating nonsense that is often put forward about “a task for society as a whole that addresses all target groups” is nothing more than a fat political smokescreen to distract from the real problems. Because: Nobody dares to approach them – at least no politician wants to be the first to position themselves clearly in public and unambiguously name those primarily affected.

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If all ministries unanimously promote a “fair diet and healthy food for all”, why does no one specifically take care of the fat children who are particularly affected?

Probably because Lauterbach, Özdemir and Paus are “frightened of the shitstorm” if they were to state clearly and clearly in public: “We need targeted measures to protect fat migrant children in particular, whose parents with little income are themselves fat and poorly educated, from obesity to protect.”

This is pure social explosive that the ministers are afraid of. Because: A massive attack by the moralistic zeitgeist would be guaranteed. But politicians don’t want that. That’s why they like to hide behind “commonplaces” and try to distinguish themselves in the public eye with supposedly important projects such as meaningless and evidence-free “advertising bans for unhealthy children’s food”. However, this does not help the children and families affected in any way.

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