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Nation of the obese

25th August 2006

25082006_obese1.jpgA report by the Department of Health is predicting that more than 12m adults and one million children will be obese by 2010 if no action is taken.

The Health Survey for England also warns 22% of boys and 19% of girls aged two to 15 will be obese.

Having two obese parents means children have five times the risk of being obese themselves, the report says. One in four children in households where both parents are obese is also obese, compared to one in 20 in households where both parents are a healthy weight. However, in households where one parent is obese, one in eight children is also dangerously overweight.

The report warns that, based on current trends, 33% of men and 28% of women will be obese by 2010. The figures also mean the government would fail to meet its target to halt the rise in childhood obesity.

Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, said: "With children heading back to school in September, these statistics should give parents food for thought on how to make their kids' lifestyles healthier." The government has recently appointed a "minister for fitness", Caroline Flint, who will be working across all government departments to develop a new fitness strategy for England.

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