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Obese six-year-old stroke victim

13th June 2011

Obesity is causing babies to be treated in hospital and six-year-old children are having strokes because they are so overweight.

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Doctors said there has been an increase in the amount of babies and toddlers who are being given a diagnosis of clinical obesity.

Figures have revealed that hundreds of three-year-old children are in hospitals around the UK in order to be treated for the condition.

Over the past five years, 40 babies have been admitted to hospital because of their weight. Hospital specialists have reported seeing one-year-old babies who weigh three stone (almost double the healthy weight for one-year-olds).

They warned that parents were the main cause of the problem, with some feeding their infants crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks.

Some parents mash up chips or puree junk food and give it to their babies.

In two examples, a six-year-old and an eight-year-old both had strokes believed to be caused by their weight.

Dr Ken Ong, clinical lead for childhood obesity at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, said: "I certainly see children under the age of two years old. We are seeing more and more referrals in that age range."

"The one and two year-olds we see are massively obese but it is only the very extreme who are coming to hospital clinics. There will be many more who are in the community or are not being recognised at all."

"The popular hope is that it is just baby fat and they will grow out of it, but our studies show that it is more likely to continue being obese and even become more obese."

 

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