Obesity is one of today’s most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Globally trends show an increase of overweight and obese youth. As a nation our youth are following the same trend. As parents, we are faced with the harsh reality that we could outlive our children.
The Monty Betham ‘Steps for Life’ Foundation is a not-for-profit registered incorporated charity. It was established to support our youth in the drive against obesity. Our focus is to ensure that we provide our youth with the right tools and the ‘steps’ required to fight obesity ‘for life’.
Currently 1 in 9 New Zealand children are obese with 1 in 5 overweight. Obesity is the main modifiable driver of the type 2 diabetes epidemic and a significant factor for other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, ischaemic stroke and several common cancers. Obesity in childhood and adolescence is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in adulthood.
Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to ensure that they reach their full potential and have a good start in life. The Monty Betham ‘Steps for Life’ Foundation is focused on empowering young New Zealander’s and their families to make real sustainable changes that will reduce the rate of obesity in New Zealand and enable our youth to reach their full potential in life.