[The Activism Blog] WHO warns of rising child obesity, says rich and poor countries affected

The World Health Organisation (a UN health agency), has stated that an estimated 41 million children under five, worldwide are obese or overweight.

It said the prevalence of obesity in children is caused by changing patterns towards unhealthy diets and physical inactivity.

Part of the statement reads, “Urbanisation, increased incomes, availability of fast foods, educational demands, television viewing and gaming have led to a rise in the consumption of foods high in fats, sugar and salt and lower levels of physical activity.

“While there have been major public health interventions to promote improved diet and patterns of physical activity in adults, the contribution of antenatal and young-child interventions to reducing the risk of obesity in later life has not been significantly reviewed.”

The WHO in its just-published obesity guidelines on how trained professionals could better identify youngsters in need of help included counselling and dieting, an assessment of eating habits along with the more usual weight and height measurements.

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