Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

The number of children under five who are obese or overweight has increased by 10 million since 1990 show statistics released by the World Health Organisation. The results released by the commission on Ending Childhood Obesity led Peter Gluckman, Paediatrician and co-chair of ECO, to refer to the issue as an ‘exploding nightmare‘.

But why are we in this situation, and how can we stop our children from falling into unhealthy eating patterns and leading inactive lives?

Before pointing the finger elsewhere, I would suggest that adult’s take a look at themselves and the example they are setting.

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The aforementioned study found that the root of this problem can be traced back long before a child is born. Starting with conception and pregnancy and then continuing on into infancy,…

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