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UK girls are Europe’s fattest

According to recent research, girls under 20 years of age in Britain are the most overweight in Europe.

The UK has been dubbed ‘the fat man of Europe’ by experts, with many of the problems associated with weight having occurred by the age of nine.

The death rate of children in the UK was claimed to be the second highest in Western Europe. Mental health problems are also said to affect 10% of children, with treatment often not administered correctly.

The report, produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), is a cue for politicians to take action. Statistics in the paper have caused alarm, with 29% of girls found to be obese or overweight, and 26% of boys having weight problems.

The study stated that these children are also more likely to suffer health issues in the future.

The league table is made up of 22 countries in Western Europe, and British girls aged below 20 are at the very top. Greek boys claimed the number one position for males under 20, while UK boys are placed at tenth.

The RCPCH has called for a ban on adverts that promote junk food, those that are high in salt, sugar, and fat, before 9pm. The organisation would also like teachers to have training for nutrition and food, so that they can help to improve a child’s diet while in school.

Faculties in the UK are already taking action, with many introducing healthy tuckshop food. Tyne and Wear schools and their staff are among those encouraging children to make healthier choices.

Posted by Jennifer
December 20, 2014
Research

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