More and more children are overweight
Not only do adults seem to suffer more and more from being overweight or obese, children are getting fatter too. Experts in Great Britain have raised the alarm.
In Britain there are more than four million children who are too fat, according to international research. In the age of 5 to 19 years, four out of ten appears to be overweight or obese. According to researchers at Imperial College in London and the World Health Organization, growth in the fat figures is huge and there is a real crisis. For example, the number of overweight children in 1975 was 2.66 million. Last year that number had risen to 4.53 million children.
Experts warn that with the increase in obesity children's health is at risk, as the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes increases due to obesity.
According to one of the researchers, the enormous growth was caused by the influence of marketing campaigns of food and beverages, while healthy foods are often too expensive for most people.
Do you ever get tempted by a marketing campaign to buy foods that you know are not really healthy for your child?