See BBC News report. This is a national and international scandal caused largely by the misinformation that has been promulgated for decades by the medical profession, the diet industry, health agencies, government officials et al, and continues to be promulgated.
These unfortunate children have a lifetime's ill-health and unhappiness ahead of them, in which they will be repeatedly insulted and urged to 'eat less and move more', except that the language used is likely to be coarser and more wounding than that. That obesity is on the increase is not because these child victims are greedy and/or lazy. When children become fat it is essentially because they are eating salty food.
Children are especially vulnerable to salt because of their small size and small blood volume, and because their blood vessels are weaker than those of adults. Salt, and the water it attracts to it, can more easily distend weak blood vessels than fully mature ones. The resulting increase in blood volume and other fluid retention results in weight gain, as well as higher blood pressure and many other undesirable consequences. The smaller the child, the less salt they should have - and a baby, of course, should have no salt at all. - Babies can die if they are fed salty food.
High salt intake is the primary cause of child obesity. It is VITAL to protect babies and small children from salty food.
See Children and Obesity
Sodium in foods
Read my Mensa article on Obesity and the Salt Connection
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Fat retention and fat excretion: the importance of getting enough calcium.