Levels of obesity soar among millennium babies
New research has indicated that there are much higher rates of obesity in children who were born around the year 2000.
Over 370,000 kids in England took part in the study, which showed that 24% of boys aged between 11 and 15 are obese, as well as 25% of girls the same age. During the last ten years, the number of children becoming obese has steadied, which could be due to the increasing levels of awareness surrounding the risks of obesity.
However, the study indicated that children born around the millennium are now living with the results of excessive consumption.
The research has been conducted by a team at King’s College London over the last 20 years, highlighting that the number of kids who are classed as obese rose by 8% a year up to 2004, while the rate has dropped to below 0.5% a year since that time.
However, the numbers are still a cause for concern, as currently 37% of children between the ages of 11 and 15 are obese or overweight. The National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry said:
“There is a substantial proportion of teens out there who have barely had a healthy meal in their life, and are living couch potato lifestyles, and spending hours playing computer games.”
Schools in England are encouraging children to eat fruit and other nutritious alternatives to sugary snacks through healthy tuckshop food. Tyne and Wear schools are also providing opportunities for children to learn about nutritious diets.
March 5, 2015
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