facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Child obesity epidemic growing in Britain

Sept. 2, 2007 at 7:33 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The British government has acknowledged a severe obesity epidemic, with almost half of all British children predicted to be dangerously overweight by 2050.

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls said the rate of obesity among children was rising at a very alarming rate, Britain’s The Observer reported.

Balls said just 12 years ago, less than 10 percent of all schoolchildren were considered obese, but that number has jumped to almost 17 percent.

The government has put new restrictions on the content of school lunches. But many experts say restrictions are useless unless parents become more involved in the fight against childhood obesity, the newspaper reported.

Topics: Ed Balls
© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Protein found in breast milk may protect infants from a certain disease
2
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
3
CDC: Get your flu vaccine CDC: Get your flu vaccine
4
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
5
New industry-baked marijuana PSAs advise moderation New industry-baked marijuana PSAs advise moderation
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback