Burger babies: the future is fat
In schools, parks, shopping centres, and communities throughout the United Kingdom, fat kids are a common sight. Ghias Shafi explains why there is a growing risk of obesity in young people
The proportion of obese children in the United Kingdom is rocketing. In the United Kingdom alone, about one million children under 16 are obese.1 More than one in four children in England are overweight or obese, and the prevalence of obesity among children aged two to 10 has dramatically risen, from 9.9% in 1995 to 13.7% in 20031. These statistics are a disturbing picture as the obesity epidemic spreads throughout the United Kingdom.
Sir John Krebs, chairman of the UK food watchdog, the Food Standards Agency, has labelled child obesity a ticking time bomb for life expectancy levels. He has also claimed that the trend means that young people today will have shorter lifespans than their parents—the first reduction in more than a century.2 Just what is going wrong?
The rise in obesity levels in recent years has been blamed on a combination of inactivity and consumption of excess sugary