Children's Environment in Central Europe - Kinderumwelt in Mitteleuropa
Children's Environment in Central Europe. Threats and Chances.
Kinderumwelt in Mitteleuropa. Gefahren und Chancen.
Commission on Environmental Health of the German Academy of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine - Kommission für Umweltfragen der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin e.V. November 2007, Osnabrueck, Germany
Many of the "classical" environmental hazards and risks (such as anthropogenic chemical and physical factors, e.g. asbestos, dioxines, electromagnetic fields, and "pesticides") are in our countries not major determinants of children's health and well being; however, there may exist unseen or unrecognized causal contexts.
Some hazards, such as UV light, noise, fine particles, tobacco smoke, legal and illegal drugs, and radon, are considered important by experts, but are still largely ignored by the public. In our society, despite of, or maybe because of the multitude of information and desinformation, adequate risk perception continues to be a problem. Furthermore, ever new environmental noxes will come to the surface and occupy medial interest, and thus, continuing attention is warranted.
Of our children's environment, yet other facettes are of prime importance: nutrition, housing and traffic, and public media.
Most important, however, is the fact that society (governments, administration, industry and consumers) are disregarding the long term sustainability of their actions and behaviour, thus endangering the future of our children and grandchildren. This is in contrast with the existing declarations and official action plans.
In future, ranking of priorities for research and actions will be necessary, taking into account costs and effectiveness since resources to be invested into these issues certainly will remain limited.
Children’s environmental health, risk assessment, chemical and physical noxes, tobacco smoke, nutrition, sustainability
Authors and Bibiography
- St. Böse-O´Reilly, Institute of Public Health, UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, A-6060 Hall i.T., Austria
- U. Heudorf, Public Health Department of the City of Frankfurt a.M., Germany
- Th. Lob-Corzilius, Children’s Hospital Osnabrueck, Germany
- K. E. v. Muehlendahl, Children’s Hospital Osnabrueck, Germany and Kinderumwelt non-profit plc, Osnabrueck, Germany
- M. Otto, Kinderumwelt non-profit plc, Osnabrueck, Germany
- S. Schmidt, Public Health Department Osnabrueck and Kinderumwelt non-profit plc, Osnabrueck, Germany
Bibliography: Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health 210 (2008) p. 503 - 507
Prof. Dr. med. Karl Ernst v. Mühlendahl
Kinderumwelt non-profit plc
German Academy of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
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