UNICEF Spain believes that the 17th place that our country has reached in a ranking of 180 countries of child welfare is “good”, but it is not something to feel “satisfied” because here children have problems, such as poverty and failure school, which “do not correspond to a developed country”. Before participating with Queen Letizia, honorary president of Unicef Spain, in a working session to address children’s nutritional needs, the president of this organization, Gustavo Suárez Pertierra, referred to the report of the World Organization de la Salud (WHO) and UNICEF released last night.
“It is a good position, no doubt, but that does not mean that we have to feel satisfied,” said Suárez Pertierra before referring to the high rates of child poverty that hold Spanish children, especially those in the social layers more disadvantaged
Or the “problem of school frustration that does not correspond with that position 17 or with our importance or with our developed country entity”, since it places Spain in “the tail of Europe and this is something that an educational system like ours It is not permitted”.
According to the report published in the scientific journal “The Lancet“, in which they warn about the risks that the climate crisis and the aggressive advertising of unhealthy products entail for children around the world, Spain is the seventeenth country of the 180 analyzed in terms of level of development and child welfare.
The list is headed by Norway, South Korea, the Netherlands, France and the Republic of Ireland, and is closed by the Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali.
At today’s meeting, Unicef Spain presented Mrs. Letizia with a strategy developed by the Pau Gasol Foundation for the fight against childhood obesity, which is one of the first concerns that “public health of the 21st century has raised” and that affects not only to developing countries but also developed.
“More than a third of Spanish children and youth under 15 are affected by overweight or obesity; it is an important issue that WHO has defined as a pandemic,” he recalled.
And it is a problem that negatively influences school performance, since it implies “bad practices” such as bullying and stigmatization of obese children, without forgetting that it favors the onset of diseases in the future.
That is why it has appealed to the public authorities, which are the ones that have to put the solutions to this problem.