Child obesity levels starting to slow3rd November 2009
The National Heart Forum has said that their examination of information used to predict a huge increase in child obesity has shown the upsurge has decelerated.
Their study revealed that by 2020 the increase in the number of male children aged 2-11 who will be overweight or obese would be 12% less than the predicted figure of 40%.
For female children from the same age group, the new prediction was 27%, rather than the original figure of 48%.
The new prediction also showed fewer overweight or obese children and teenagers in the 12-19 age group.
In the original forecasts, 30% of girls and 19% of boys were predicted to be obese in 2020. However, the new figures for 12-19 year-olds showed a significant reduction, with only 6% of boys and 9% of girls predicted to be obese.
1.5 million children in the UK are overweight or obese at present and targets have been set by the government to bring them down to 2000 levels by 2020.
Lead researcher Professor Klim McPherson, said: "These trends present a more positive picture that obesity may be levelling off in children."
"However, prevalence and current trends of excess weight are still unacceptably high and these figures should not be taken as an argument for complacency. The government needs to keep up the work they are doing to tackle obesity."
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Title: Child obesity levels starting to slow
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13111
Date Added: 3rd Nov 2009