This report will be about obesity in children.
Obesity in children is a big problem inthe world we live in, and it subjects children to poor health and a very early deathdue to heart attacks, complications from type 2 diabetes, and general poor healthdue to poor upbringing from their parents that do not pay attention to their children’shealth.According to a November 2016 article from the website for the newspaper companythe Guardian, the National Health Service (NHS) revealed that childhood obesity inBritain had increased again after falling slightly in 2015-16. Rates of childhoodobesity was especially found to be bad among those in the first and final years oftheir lives in primary school. Overall, the number of obese children in the UK hadrisen from 9.1% the previous year to 9.3% in the year 2015-16, and it had alsoemerged that there is a dangerous gap between boys and girls in terms of obesitynumbers; among reception pupils, 9.6% of boys were obese whereas 9.
1% of girlswere obese. What is just as bad is that among 10 and 11 year olds from their lastyear (year six) in primary school, according to the latest NCMP results published byNHS Digital, 21.7% of boys were obese in comparison to 17.9% of girls. What is alsoshocking is that London, the nation’s capital, has the highest rates of childhoodobesity in Britain in terms of year six pupils, whereas the North-East has the mostobese reception pupils. The number of obese 10-11 year olds are at their highestsince children became routinely weighed and measured in 2006-07.
17.5% of year 6children were found to be obese during that year. The previous record for obesechildren rates was 19.
2% in 2011-12, and it was beaten last year by the recordbecoming a staggering 19.8%.The Telegraph website had revealed in August 2017 that obese toddlers areshowing signs of heart failure at age one. According to a study of 400 children, theresearchers found significant changes in the hearts of babies as young as one yearold, or even below one year old. They found that obese children had at least 30%thicker heart tissue than healthier children. Suffering from an abnormally enlargedorgan, in particular an abnormally sized heart, is typically seen as an early sign ofheart disease. This is particularly shocking, as many of these children are no olderthan 1 year old, and they have not had the chance to grow older yet.
It’s been foundin Britain that more than one third of children who are obese or overweight by thetime they leave primary school, as well as six in ten adults. The research involved455 children who were seen in Romanian cardiology clinics. Romania has the lowestobesity rates in the entire European Union, with just 9.4% of adults classified asobese, compared to Britain, which is home to an obesity rate of 24.
8%. It is revealedthat bottle-feeding may be linked to early childhood obesity; the study included 54babies below the age of 1 and 125 toddlers, and they were all bottle-fed. Britain hasone of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, with just one in three babiesbreastfed until six months, in line with advice from the National Health Service. Thelead researcher, Dr Delia Mercea, linked childhood obesity with a lack of exercise.According to Dr Mercea; “Children tend to sit more in front of the TV, computer,notepad, from very early age instead of playing in the back yard or beginning asport”.A September 11th 2017 article on the Daily Mail website reveal