Today sees the interesting announcement that Childhood obesity in the 2 to 5 years age bracket has stabilised.
Although this is great news there is always a bigger picture behind the headline. The slightly worrying trend sits with in the 11-15 age group where a staggering 37% continue to be overweight or obese. Also the study shows this figure continues to rise unabated.
It is well known that if this trend continues through adolescence into adulthood there is considerable risk to their health. This is through increased likelihood of illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers as well a fertility problems. This will not only has a huge impact on an individual’s wellbeing but would put considerable financial strain on the healthcare system for many years to come.
The question should now lie as to how to tackle this issue. We firmly believe offering motivation, mentoring and in-depth monitoring is required to assist this age group succeed to a goal of healthy weight during what can be a difficult time in their lives.
Further information on Childhood obesity can be found on my previous blog Breakthrough in Childhood Obesity (here)