FIGHTING THE EPIDEMIC OBESITY & DIABETES FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis. According to the 2010 White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, “The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create a compelling and critical call for action that cannot be ignored.”
Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Worse yet, 50% of all Native American children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime.
The current generation may even be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
OBESITY, DIABETES & NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
While obesity has become a crisis in mainstream America, it has become a devastating epidemic among Native American children. Statistically, Native American youth are the most affected group across all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. A report provided by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cited that studies are consistent in indicating obesity rates in Native American children, adolescents, and adults are higher than the respective U.S. rates for all races combined.
- A recent preschool obesity study showed that 31.2 percent of Native American ages 2-5 are obese. This figure is double the white population.
Obesity is the leading contributing factor to type 2 diabetes.
NB3 FOUNDATION – BUILDING CHANGE FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
The NB3 Foundation understands the challenge it has taken on to do its part in the fight against obesity and diabetes. NB3 Foundation sports, health and leadership programs are specifically designed as evidence-based models that make a positive healthy impact in the lives of Native American youth. Moreover, NB3 strategic granmaking seeks to support and empower community-based solutions to prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Investments in quality programs can help Turn the Tide against childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity are preventable. There has never been a time of greater urgency to mobilize to fight against this deadly epidemic that is beginning to claim the lives and futures of Native American youth.