One third of primary children overweight
One third of children in Britain are officially overweight by the time they leave primary school, due to poor eating habits and too much time slouched in front of the TV or a computer screen.
At the same time as children are spending more leisure time than ever indoors, the amount of sports played at school is being reduced – leading to a ticking time bomb for the kids of today and the adults they will become in the future.
Childhood obesity affects not only kids’ health and well-being, it can cause life-threatening conditions in later life, most commonly diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia are often another side effect as overweight youngsters grow into adults – and when you add all-too-frequent emotional and psychological problems into the mix, including depression and low self-esteem, it is easy to understand why there is universal concern at the problem.
Research shows that obese children are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults, and obesity during adolescence is known to increase the risk of mortality during adulthood.
Official statistics have revealed that a quarter of boys and one-third of girls from as young as two up to the age of 19 are clinically overweight or obese. And it’s no surprise that the main causes are too little exercise and a poor diet high in sugar, salt and saturates.
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