From adults, to children and even out pets, it seems that every creature living in modern society and environment share one of the most harsh health conditions: obesity.
Studies made by researchers at the King’s College in London, have found that 305 of the British children can be considered overweight and one out of five is obese. The rates were not so perturbing amid the kids with ages under 10, but on the ones past this age. Children with the ages between 11 and 15 years old were the main targets.
The study has been conducted on a period of 20 years and it has been published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. It tracked and studied health records, from 1993 to 2013, of over 370,000 children with ages between two and fifteen. During the time from 1994 to 2003, there has been small rise in the percentage of overweight children, but the real increase has been over the past ten years, when it stabilised at 30%.
The children in the shooting range of overweight were aged between 11 and 15 years old, whose weight level cotinued to go up. Reports have shown, that in 2013, 37% of the kids in that particular age group have been classified as overweight or obese.
The slight stabilisation of the obesity rate sin children, might be connected with the health campaigns that have started to show effects, and the public appeared very receptive, explained doctor Cornelia van Jaarsveld from the College of King, and added, that even so, kids from 11 to 15 years old were a difficult and exposed group.
One of the reasons present children are fighting obesity may be related to the fact that kids can be very easily influenced by the world they live in, trough advertising campaigns and easy access to fast food which are practically everywhere, explained the chairman of the nutrition committee from the Royal College of Paediatrics ad Child Health, doctor Colin Michie.
Putting a stop to this disturbing process, would require a collaboration between all the parts.There is an urge to create a healthy environment for children and try to offer them a diminished exposure of junk food advertising and fast food restaurants should not be allowed to exist near schools, food with high levels of salt should be banned and teens should be taught in schools the meaning and the importance of a healthy diet.
Even though, obesity in children has been quite stable since 2010, we should still keep our guard up, stated Eustace de Sousa, of England’s Public Health. Obesity wouldn’t endanger only the physical health of the child, like developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease, but their mental state as well, as children could be the target of bullying in schools, they might battle with low self esteem, anxiety and depression.
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