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1 in 4 under 5 children obese in the UK

May 11th 2015
By: Melanie
1 in 4 under 5 children obese in the UK

Obesity in the UK is one of the biggest issues facing our society – a recent report highlighted that a staggering one in four children under the age of five are now obese. The highest amount in Europe – for example in Sweden only one in twelve children are obese. In England, most people are overweight or obese. This includes 61.9% of adults and 28% of children aged between 2 and 15. People who are overweight have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

The NHS has continued to try and reduce obesity in children by introducing schemes such as Change4Life – which promotes eating healthier food, an eating app, advice on how to read food labels and how to introduce exercise into family life.

Here is a link to their website http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

However the advice on keeping your child healthy is quite simple:

• Make sure your child is active for at least 3 hours per day
• Give your child healthy snacks – fruit, sultanas etc.
• If you buy ready-meals – check the packaging, as in general they have a high amount of sugar and salt
• Keep high sugar drinks to a minimum
• Lead by example - exercise regularly, your children will use you as a positive role model
• Children who do a regular sport when they are young are much more likely to participate in a sports activity when they are adults.