Three in ten children are overweight. Time for concerted government actionby Richard Murray / April 26, 2018 / Leave a comment
In the 1980’s fewer than one in ten British adults were obese (people with a BMI of 30 or more). By 2016, this had risen to over a quarter, thereby leaving the UK as the “heaviest” country in Europe. For children aged between 2-15 years, three in ten are overweight or obese. As we know overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults, this means a whole new generation is growing up facing a lifetime of problems with their weight.
Does it matter? Well, the evidence suggests it does. Obesityraises the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and some of these risks are substantial: an obese woman is about 13 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than a woman of healthy weight and an obese man is three times more likely to develop cancer of the colon.