One in ten five-year-olds is obese - official figures
Article in the Telegraph
"Doctors are concerned at the figures as overweight and obese children are storing up health problems for the future and are more likely to develop diabetes, and die early from conditions like heart disease and cancer.
It is feared that the growing obesity epidemic will mean today's children will be the first to be outlived by their parents.
Obesity amongst children is calculated using height and weight but also takes into account their growth and so is best measured by an expert."
"Dr Tim Crayford, president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, said the regional differences in childhood obesity should be judged with caution as they are based on voluntary weighing in schools. But nevertheless there are differences in the rates of obesity around the country.
He said: “Systematic surveys of obesity in adults has found big regional differences and for that to be magnified in children would not be surprising.
“Obesity is quite strongly linked to deprivation and it can also reflect the ethnicity of the population.”
Dr Crayford added that a child’s risk of being obese is strongly linked to the health and weight of their parents. If neither parent is obese there is just a one in ten chance the child will be, compared to a four in ten chance is one parent is obese and an eight in ten chance is both are obese.
“It is about the ethos of the family,” he said. “It is about what the family eats, what activities they do, if for example they go out and play sport at the weekend or play computer games.”"
Dr Crayford, like most doctors, clearly still believes that lack of exercise is a cause of obesity, despite the fact that research has repeatedly shown that exercise does not reduce obesity. - Don't the 'experts' EVER read research findings?
Children, tragically, are becoming obese because the experts are giving the wrong information and advice about obesity. - Obesity is not caused by overeating and/or inactivity. - Obesity is caused by fluid retention and is easily and speedily reduced by reducing salt intake.
Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, angina, vascular dementia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!
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