Short description of project

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The project, entitled "Let's Fight Obesity. It's not our Destiny", (FOB) is carried out by partners from ten European countries and will present the attitudes, motivations and behaviors of European teenagers, in an attempt to help them to establish a healthy policy at an early age that will lead to lifelong healthy habits.
Students and teachers will develop their skills in working as a team. This helps them planning and doing classroom activities by using modern information and communication technologies (ICT). It enhances both a broader understanding of European cultural diversity and a fast, efficient and rewarding communication between people.
The objective of this work is to raise the awareness of students about the importance of eating healthily and the dangers that obesity brings to our life. Students will be more aware of the causes and results of obesity in relation to different lifestyles, eating habits and tech-addiction. It will also help them to understand that obesity problems can be the same in all countries, regardless the different cultural norms and diversities prevalent in each country.
The impact of Nanotechnology & Nanoscience on the prevention and treatment of obesity will be of particular interest in our project. This could be a new approach to tackle the problem of obesity.
Finally, we will focus on prevention and treatment of obesity to find out best practices against the current epidemic.
Fighting obesity should be initiated during adolescence as weight loss in adulthood is difficult. School is the perfect medium for
transmitting knowledge about health education.

As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity is one of the most serious "public health challenges" the WHO European Region is currently facing. Therefore, both societies and governments have to act together to combat the epidemic. Our motivation for the project has come from this issue since in nearly all countries, involved in our project, statistics show alarmingly high figures.
For example, according to the Microcensus of 2009 in Germany, half of the population was either obese (15%) or overweight (37%) and the figures continue to rise. In the Czech Republic, according to General Health Insurance survey 2010, 21% are obese, and 34% are overweight. In Turkey, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development (OECD), in 2010 the rate of obesity was 16.9%, in 2011 it was 21.5% and in 2012 it was 25.4%__
Particularly alarming for us is the trend that more and more young people struggle with weight problems, thus passing the epidemic into adulthood resulting in devastating consequences for our health systems and economies. Obesity causes serious non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular malfunctions affecting the quality of life and reducing the life expectancy considerably. In the long run this would mean that younger generations would have, for the first time in modern history, a shorter and less healthy life than their parents.
However, it is essential that the psychological impact of the problem should not be neglected. Obesity among young people often leads to social exclusion and discrimination. It is often linked with lower self-esteem and bad performance at school. Obese students are quite often victims of bullying which affects everyday school life. Furthermore they are discriminated against when applying for a job or an apprenticeship. Thus, helping our students to realize the threat of this trend could help us to reduce absenteeism and improve students’ educational achievements.
Obesity has got such far reaching consequences for individuals, society and economy that it is a necessity to counteract it as early as possible. In our project we compare the ways different countries handle this problem in trying to find concrete solutions for school life. The benefits of this project will be the unique opportunity for students to get to know different traditions and eating habits which could lead to a rethinking of the own habits.
Obesity is no longer a phenomenon encountered only in wealthy societies and classes. Quite the reverse they are often to be found in developing countries and among people of lower socioeconomic status, due to lack of information, of proper nutrition and of physical activity. As most of our students come from socially disadvantaged families we aim to make them aware of the direct connection between adequate food and staying healthy. At the same time students will get acquainted with new cultures, ways of life and languages which broaden their horizons and help them lead their future lives in a globalized working world.

  • What are the concrete objectives of the partnership?
  • Explain what subjects or problems you intend to address.
  • What approach will you take to achieve your objectives?

Concrete objectives n. 1:
To promote intercultural awareness/education.

Subjects (S) / Problems (P):
Health Care (S); Obesity and other non-communicable diseases (P); Psychological impact (P); Lower self-esteem (P); Educational achievements (S); Bad performance at school (P); Absenteeism (P); Consequences for health systems and economies (P)
Approach -
exchange of information and of experience among different European schools; Comparison of existing ways of fighting obesity on different levels (state, regional, local, school)

Concrete objectives n. 2:
To encourage students to find ideas and activities how to counteract obesity with different means or methods.

MFL (S); Nanotechnology&Nanoscience (N&N) (S); ICT (S); Food & Beverages (S); Science (S); Economics (S); Child Care (S); Healthy Food (S); Value Education (S); Motivation (P); Performance (P); Habits (P):
Partner schools exchange current examples of good practice; Students and teachers learn about the N&N applications in food industry, the latest practical approaches that help produce more tasty food with little calories, functional foods, and nutritional supplements and alter the fats and sugar contents of our foods with potential for many more applications.