The Pediatric Obesity Foundation - About

About The Foundation

The Pediatric Obesity Foundation (POF) began in 2005 as a not-for-profit organization receiving full charitable status in March 2007. The POF has raised just over $700,000 since that time. The Foundation is incredibly fortunate to have many generous supporters who assist in the effort to help children and families in the area of pediatric obesity.

The monies raised by the POF have gone towards helping families receive funding for treatment, funding the Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids (HWHK) program, the development and distribution of Body Mass Index (BMI) wheels to educate parents and caregivers on healthy BMIs for children, other programs to promote children's health.

The POF was established in support of fighting, treating and eliminating pediatric obesity. Although pediatric obesity has been identified as reaching epidemic proportions, funding has focused primarily on prevention not intervention.

Between, 1981 and 1996, the number of obese children in Canada between the ages of seven and 13 tripled. This is contributing to a dramatic rise in illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and some cancers. Approximately 26% of Canadian children ages 2-17 years old are currently overweight or obese.

As such, the Pediatric Obesity Foundations objectives are:

The POF is currently run by Dr. Liann Meloff with incredible support and assistance from a small army of volunteers. The POF would not be where it is today were it not for all these incredible people and generosity and support of our donors and friends.