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Friday, 29 April 2005 15:36
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Children in England getting fatter
Official figures by The Department of Health (DoH) show that an alarming increase of boys and girls that live in England and are under the age of 11 are now clinically obese.

The report presents key information between 1995 and 2003, the prevalence of obesity among children aged two to 10 rose from 9.9% to 13.7%, the DoH found. They found that the biggest increase was in an age group among eight to 10 year-olds, from 11.2% to 16.5% over the eight-year period.

Dr Ian Campbell of the National Obesity Forum said: "These statistics are very worrying indeed.

"Clearly we are in the middle of an epidemic that is wreaking havoc on our children”.
He said it was down to children consuming more calories and being less active than they ought to be.

"It's the fact that calories have become cheaper and exercise expensive”.

"It's a travesty that this country, which has got a wealth of resources, has been neglecting the welfare of our children in this way”.
But he said we should be able to tackle this problem as a nation because we had the expertise and the will in government to do it.

"Now is the time to stop it. The optimal time to intervene is in childhood, before irreversible damage has been done and while lifelong good habits can be learnt”.


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