FQ – Obesity in Children

Nearly a third of children, aged between 2 and 15 are overweight or suffering with obesity. Some are calling it an epidemic.

Younger generations are being affected by obesity at an earlier age. Research shows that if left untreated, 85% of these children will be affected by obesity as an adult. This statistic alone is a reason to address weight issues from an early age.

Causes

Like obesity in adults, childhood obesity is caused by many factors, including our behaviour, genetics and culture. One of the biggest is taking in more energy from food than we use up.

The main difference between obesity in children and adults is that, depending up a child’s age and their circumstances, they generally have less control over their food intake. This is why it’s important for parents to be aware of the issue. Another huge factor in children becoming obese is a parents diet. Children with overweight parents more likely to become obese. 12 times more likely in fact.

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