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Obesity levels 'will rise if habits remain the same'

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Obesity treatment in the UK could become more widespread in the future due to the unhealthy diet of this generation of children.

This is the main conclusion from new research by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which conducted a survey on the eating habits of 2,000 secondary school pupils.

According to the results, the average youngster is consuming one fizzy drink, one chocolate bar, one packet of crisps and one bag of chewy sweets every day.

A third of 11 to 15-year-olds in the UK are now obese or overweight and the charity's senior dietician Victoria Taylor believes the problem is going to become worse.

"This generation of children may not live longer than their parents due to the implications of their lifestyle on levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease," she explained.

The BHF states that currently an estimated 67 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women are obese or overweight in England.

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Obesity surgery news : 24 November 2011