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Childhood Obesity Crisis in Britain

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 16, 2011 at 1:31 AM
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 Childhood Obesity Crisis in Britain

33.4% children (i.e. 1 child in 3) are overweight when they leave primary school at the age of 11-years, according to NHS figures. The number of 10 and 11-year old children who fall into this category has risen by nearly 10% in just 4-years.

Experts warn that many of these youngsters will remain obese for the rest of their lives, putting them at a greater risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious illnesses. Doctors blamed poor eating habits in many homes for this trend.

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Also, there has been rising concern that the Government is not doing enough to tackle the nation's weight problem.

These figures come from more than a million children who are part of the National Child Measurement Program, which records their weight and height in the first and last years of primary school.

Source: Medindia
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