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Unhealthy childhood habits

 

The British Heart Foundation has reported that many children risk developing heart disease later in life unless their “shocking” lifestyles are improved. Inactivity, poor diet and unhealthy eating habits were the worrying factors.

Fewer than 1 in 5 children eat the minimum  WHO recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day. Half of boys and over a third of girls miss breakfast  – a meal of huge importance. A staggering 85% of girls and 73% of boys aged 13 did not even take an hour’s activity a day.

The percentage of children who watched television for more than two hours on weekdays in the UK was higher than the US, Ireland and many other European countries.  

These “shocking habits” were contributing to 30% of children being overweight or obese.

Incidentally, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise in children – some are having lower limb amputations in their 20s.  Now that is shocking.

Our Healthy Weight Loss Programme is starting on 11th September at CORE HEALTH Centre.

(bmj 2013 347:f4994)

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