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Obesity in children rising globally

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18/10/17

Obesity in children rising globally

It’s widely acknowledged that obesity is rising in children, not only nationally, but globally. Experts identify that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, increasing the risk of health problems throughout adult life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predict a generation at greater risk of diseases, such as diabetes.

Schools are attempting to tackle this issue and the use of sports premium helps to increase the activity levels of children and ensure HQPE and school sport. No matter the efforts made by schools, there is a wider issue of high calorie inexpensive food that has a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.

Cheap, fatty, and sugary foods are the main driver of the growing obesity problem. We previously blogged about the ‘sugar tax’, a levy enforced on sugary drinks, but we consider this to be only the first step from government. Joined up thinking and collaboration can help to meet the WHO’s calls for more to be done. An example includes the crack down on advertisement and marketing of unhealthy foods.

The WHO is publishing a plan to end childhood obesity, aiming to provide clear guidance on how to curb rising obesity levels (more information can be found here). We consider a key step alongside healthier eating is pursuing an active lifestyle, school sport is, therefore, even more important than ever before.