Child health in transition

Children have other health problems at an early age, illnesses that cannot simply be inoculated or injected away. In addition, our increasingly digitized and fast-moving world is increasingly eliminating an indispensible source of relaxation - MOVEMENT. The range of children’s diseases is subject to dramatic change.

Whereas children used to suffer from mumps or diphtheria, for example, today they often suffer from the consequences of progressive physical inactivity.

  • Over 30% of our children suffer from anthropogenic sleep disorders
  • 70% of German children get too little movement (in one in three families there is little or no physical activity)
  • Physical activity has fallen by 37% in the last 12 years
  • The motor skills of today's children are 10% worse than they were 40 years ago
  • Concentration disorders / behavioural disorders, psychological disorders are increasing
  • One child in 10 has anxiety symptoms, one child in 20 has a depressive disorder
  • An increasing number of children have fine/general motor disorders
  • Overweight/diabetes
  • Increase in orthopaedic disorders (feet)
  • Eye problems (need for correction at an early age)
  • Over half over of children’s forest groups were not in a position to walk confidently over a balance beam

In response to these alarming health trends, the project 1st children’s health forest in Europe was developed with financial support from the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.