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13 Aug 13 09:54

The latest statistics from the British Heart Foundation reveal the worrying and continuing trend in childhood obesity and the impact on health and life expectancy. The unhealthy lifestyles of today’s children could see them die younger than their parents because of heart disease, diabetes and other medical conditions.

The study has found that with around 30 per cent of children and young people being overweight or obese, less than one in five children in the UK eating their five a day, and a minority doing recommended levels of daily exercise, the 50-year trend of reducing cardiovascular disease is set to be reversed.

http://www.bhf.org.uk/plugins/PublicationsSearchResults/DownloadFile.aspx?docid=e49263c0-a7dd-4af3-be34-13045a535f64&version;=-1&title;=Children+and+young+people+statistics+2013&resource;=G694


Category: Funding longer lives: Health/medicine, Social contract

Location: United Kingdom


3 Comments

Matt Singleton - 16 Aug 2013, 4 p.m.

Worrying indeed. The lifecourse approach suggests that we accumulate advantage and disadvantage throughout our lives. This goes for life expectancy and also economic wellbeing etc. It starts in utero (see Hertfordshire Cohort study as an example http://www.leu.soton.ac.uk/herts/)) and is impacted by cohort / period effects (see Evandrou & Falkingham: http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/the-futures-of-old-age/n8.xml).

This is a great lens for longitudinal research...

It could be that giving into a child's constant badgering for unhealthy foods could have long-term damage. It's of course easy to say this is the issue, but altering behaviour at a macro or micro level is tough. Fortunately - for the time being at least - my son loves vegetables! But slowly, 'chocolate' and 'chips' are entering his vocabulary ...

Chris palmer - 19 Aug 2013, 4:47 p.m.

Worrying indeed. One could cite enormously negative impact of advanced TV/computer games and hand-held devices which promote the "couch potato" lack of activity or growth of fast food delivery outlets ... or rise of the working mother/latch-key teenagers .. all are contributors ... of course, mass selling of state school sports fields (to property developers, pre crash) hasn't helped physical education nor has it promoted active behaviour in a generation of UK schoolchildren ... much voiced, pro-healthy Government policy is ALWAYS overwhelmed by awful Government finances and need to balance the books ....

Daniel Martin Eckhart - 21 Aug 2013, 7:47 a.m.

30%!? That's a massive number for child obesity in the UK. We can reverse this - it all has to do with eating habits. Not denying one thing completely, but balancing. That means our food industries must play ball from production all the way through advertising. And I'm afraid the free market economy will always produce more to increase revenue - more product and in bigger sizes, too. Consume more, eat more.

There's a most excellent BBC documentary on how we ended up where we are today - it's called "The men who made us fat" and can be found on YouTube in three parts. It was quite eye-opening for me, we see the results today - but it's stunning to see how the decisions of a few brought us here. As such, the decisions of a few (with courage) can also steer us back onto a healthier path. >>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67AA11D56AEC9800

And here's a Guardian article that basically reports in written form on what the above mentioned documentary lays out >>> http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jun/11/why-our-food-is-making-us-fat


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