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One in Six Children Clinically Obese Before Starting Primary School

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) One in every six children in some parts of the United
Kingdom are already obese when they begin primary school, according to
a report from that country’s Department of Health.

Nationwide,
the statistics show a continuing and dangerous rise in childhood
obesity, with one in 10 children classified as obese by the age of
five, and one in five classified as obese by the start of secondary
school. Seventeen percent of children in the United Kingdom are
believed to be so overweight that their health is at risk.

Childhood obesity increases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease later in life.

"There
is a lot of literature now that confirms the first year of life is
absolutely critical — and that fat children are in danger of staying
fat for the rest of their lives," said Tam Fry of the National Obesity
Forum. "A huge number of women are going into pregnancy overweight and
increasing the risks that their babies will also be obese."

Among
low-income communities, rates of obesity are even higher, with up to
one in six children already obese at the beginning of primary school.

Previous studies have shown a strong link between lower income and higher rates of childhood obesity.
Fry attributes this in part to lack of information about nutrition and
cooking among lower income populations, and in part to the relative
cheapness of nutrient poor, processed foods.

A recent study
showed that 70 percent of parents who have obese children underestimate
both the degree to which their children are overweight and the scale of
the health risk that this poses.

"In
the first half year of life babies are naturally plump, but after that
they should be starting to grow into their weight," Fry said. "Doctors
have traditionally been trained to think that a huge bonny baby is a
good thing but that’s now been proven to be extremely bad advice."

Sources for this story include: www.dailymail.co.uk.

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