Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why are more children overweight?

Very few children become overweight because of an underlying medical problem. Research indicates that children are more likely to be obese if their parents are obese. It isn't known whether this is because of genetic factors which the child inherits, if its because families tend to share eating and activity habits, or a combination of them both.

However, it's thought that most children put on excess weight because their lifestyles include an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity.

It is certainly easier than ever before for children to become overweight. High-calorie foods, such as fast food and confectionery, are abundant, relatively cheap and heavily promoted, specifically at children.

Exercise is no longer a regular part of everyone's day - some children never walk or cycle to school, or play any kind of sport. It is not unusual for children to spend hours in front of a television or computer. According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (2000), 4 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls do not do the minimum one hour a day of physical activity recommended by the then health education authority.



Why are more children overweight?



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