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Gardening Can Solve Childhood Obesity
Nov 29, 2018

Nutritional education and behavioral research have proven that educating children about the basics of horticulture and food production can prevent childhood obesity.


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To conduct the study, the team surveyed more than 400 children between the ages of 9 and 10 in four schools in California. The children were divided into two groups: one group received a gardening course and the other group was a control group. The study found that children enrolled in horticultural classes were more likely to lose weight within a year, and the proportion of obese students with horticultural classes was lower. The researchers concluded that horticulture classes can help children control obesity by teaching their children healthy foods such as fresh vegetables.


According to Dr. Rachel Scherr, the proportion of children with BMI who were overweight or obese decreased from 55.6% to 37.8% among the children in the intervention group. There were similar reports in 2013, but they did not receive widespread attention at the time.


Researchers at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, collected data from 19,000 children in the EU Millennium Cohort Study. Children who did not have a garden between the ages of five and seven were found to be 38% more likely to become obese before the age of seven. Living in poor areas and families with lower levels of education also increase the risk of childhood obesity.


According to the 2017 edition of the China Childhood Obesity Report, the overweight and obesity rates of Chinese children are rising! Without effective interventions, by 2030, the detection rate of obesity in children aged 0-7 will reach 6%, the number of obese children will increase to 6.46 million; the detection rate of overweight and obesity among children aged 7 and over will reach 28 %, the number of overweight and obese children will increase to 49.48 million. The total of the two, more than 56 million!


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