Creative Minds Against Obesity

About Project

One of the most important health problems of the 21st century is obesity. Obesity not only restricts a person's ability to move, but also causes many health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes, psychological depression, musculoskeletal disorders and breathing difficulties, and reduces the quality of human life. According to the researches of the World Health Organization (WHO), the prevalence of obesity has increased approximately 3 times between 1975 and 2016. While this is revealing the danger, it is also a proof of how important the education of children and parents is for the growth of healthy generations. Again, according to the figures reflected by the same data, 39% of the adult population over the age of 18, that is 1.9 billion people, is overweight. 650 million of this 1.9 billion, making up 13% of the world population, are in the obese category. This situation also shows a negative picture in child obesity. According to another data published by WHO, it has been determined that 2.8 million deaths are caused by overweight and obesity every year. Again, 1 out of every 5 cancer deaths is due to obesity. In the light of all these data, it is an undeniable fact that every age segment of the society is faced with the problem of obesity.

Obesity problem, the effect of which is observed all over the world, is also seen as a serious problem in France and EU countries. According to OECD data published in 2019, the average adult obesity in a country is 19.5%. This ratio has been determined as "obesity is seen in 1 out of every 10 people’’ in France. The percentage of the adult population that is overweight and obese was determined as 40%. Although obesity rates in France are among the lowest among OECD countries, there is a dangerous increasing trend that adds on every year. According to Eurostat data, the situation in the EU is not very encouraging in terms of obesity. According to the data, 51.6% of the EU population is overweight. While Hungary, one of our project partner countries, ranked first in obesity in 2011 surveys, they were able to reduce this number to 20% with tax controls in the following years. Another partner country, Lithuania, is one of the 4 European countries with the highest increase in obesity in children aged 15 years. In the EU region, where there are good examples, Italy has kept the obesity ratios around 10% for the last 10 years, setting a positive example for other countries. Turkey, on the other hand, has been included in our project as a negative example, which has a serious problem with this problem, with a ratio of 22.3% compared to the average adult obesity ratio of 19.5%.