Co-Founder Michael Omidi - Michael Omidi's medical training and patient experience provide daily, real-life examples of the serious consequences of the obesity epidemic in our country. The rising number of people and children who are carrying around extra pounds is staggering and the associated health risks can be devastating. This sad reality represents the genesis of the Children’s Obesity Fund, which Michael co-founded with his brother Julian Omidi.
The risk of developing severe medical conditions later in life are well documented and widely recognized. But a recent report from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles found that the health risks for obese children may be even greater than previously realized. This new study found that fat cells may act as a kind of safe harbor for cancer cells. Fat cells may produce a hormone or some kind of fuel that attracts cancer cells, encourages them to grow and multiply, and may also render treatments such as chemotherapy ineffective.
Michael Omidi's Vision for Children's Obesity Fund
According to Dr. Michael Omidi, “We know that it is possible to reverse the threat of certain diseases—type 2 diabetes and heart disease—by addressing the childhood obesity issue. If it is also possible to lower the possibility of leukemia and other cancers by addressing that same problem, then we all need to step up our efforts significantly.”
The mission of the Children’s Obesity Fund and the Omidi brothers is to bring greater awareness to this life threatening issue. And to encourage healthy lifestyle choices for whole families that will result in stronger, happier, and more active kids.