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UK’s ‘TOFI’ children are at risk

New research has warned that more than one million kids in Britain have hidden health risks.

The children have been labelled as a generation of TOFI kids, which stands for Thin Outside, Fat Inside. Although the children have been classed as fit and healthy by normal testing, they are at risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes.

Children are monitored at school using a national strategy to measure their Body Mass Index (BMI), which is used to determine whether they are overweight or obese. The official figures indicate that around one third of kids aged between five and 18 years old are in this bracket, which constitutes around three million children in the UK.

The latest research to be carried out by academics indicates that some children, who are classed as healthy using the BMI measurement system, are actually at risk of health problems due to a high level of internal fat.

The study was conducted using a method that measures the body fat of a child, revealing internal deposits around organs in some cases. Although Jane Ellison, the minister for public health, has been presented with the data, there are no plans in place to change the current system.

Levels of childhood obesity are increasing, which is being blamed on lack of physical activity and a poor diet. Many schools in the UK are already tackling the problem with healthy tuckshop foods. Tyne and Wear children can all look forward to a healthier lifestyle, with a nutritious diet and more physical activities at school.

Posted by Jennifer
August 6, 2014
Research

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