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British children 'getting fatter at twice the rate of American youngsters'

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
No doubt more scaremongering journalism and a selective study. but it does make alarming reading if there's an element of truth to it.

British children are getting fatter at twice the rate of those in America and spending far more on unhealthy snacks, new figures suggest.

Researchers found that British children were spending double the amount on sugary products, snacks and treats as those living in the United States.

Experts said the findings showed that the governments drive to cut the rate of obesity among children had failed.

Figures published on Thursday found British children spent an average £372 on sweets and chocolates every year, equivalent to about 850 Mars bars.

The research, from Datamonitor, an independent research company, found American children spent just £150 per year on similar treats.

More than one in three British children aged five to 13 are already overweight or obese.

But that figure is forecast to shoot up by 2.1 per cent a year through to 2014, far higher than the 1.3 per cent annual rise expected for the U.S.

It found the average amount spent on savoury snacks, such as crisps, was £73.24 in Britain compared to £39.51 in America. British children were also found to eat more ice cream, ready meals and sugary breakfast cereals.

More than 2.3 million children in Britain are estimated to be overweight or obese and many under-12s already show signs of high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and liver disease.

The previous Labour Government spent nearly £2 billion over 10 years attempting to tackle obesity levels. Much of the money was spent encouraging children to lead healthier lives.

Jackie Schneider, of the Children's Food Campaign, said the long-term health of our children first needed to be the governments main priority.

Childhood obesity is a very worrying trend, she told the Daily Mail.

She banning junk food television advertising before the 9pm watershed, using traffic light labelling on food packaging, increasing eligibility of free school meals and providing fresh drinking water in parks would help.

A spokeswoman for the Food and Drink Federation, which represents manufacturers, rejected the findings.

A spokesman cited government figures that appeared to show obesity rated among children had levelled off.

Nobody is being complacent, he said.

We agree that childhood obesity levels are still too high in the UK and we look forward to working in partnership with the new Government on any initiatives designed to help consumers of all ages lead healthier lives.

Earlier this week the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), the Government's public health watchdog, released landmark guidance on how to prevent the "huge number of unnecessary deaths" from conditions such as heart disease.

It was published in response to increasing concern about obesity in Britain, particularly among children.
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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Of course one point is that they are (probably deliberately) not making is that the cost of food (and indeed, the cost of living in general) is significantly cheaper in the US than the UK. So the difference in the spending amount doesn't necessarily mean that the UK kids are eating more sweets. Realistically the figures for what they are actually eating will be much closer.

And again, they're talking about the 'huge' difference in the number of kids who will be obese in this country compared to the US, but in my mind 0.8% is not a huge difference. Especially when you consider that the US has had this problem in more stark terms than the UK for quite a bit longer.

Not to say that it is not a cause for concern, but not in the way that this article is suggesting. It is important that we tackle this issue, but it would be wrong to think that we are now overtaking the US. Realistically we're still catching up; just a little quicker than we were before.
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Indeed, a better means for comparison would be calorific intake.
banned#3
I'd say about only 2 in 30 kids are actually obese. I hear of all these shocking statistics but never actually see many fat kids at schools etc..
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ryman1000
I'd say about only 2 in 30 kids are actually obese. I hear of all these shocking statistics but never actually see many fat kids at schools etc..

I've got to admit when I pick up my LO from her primary school there are maybe 4 or 5 kids in the whole school I would say are obese or overweight.
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rihanna08
I've got to admit when I pick up my LO from her primary school there are maybe 4 or 5 kids in the whole school I would say are obese or overweight.


I think its usually scare mongering predictions , prediction being the key word there.

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