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Parents’ attitudes toward childhood obesity

A study by Benenden Healthcare Society says that one in eight parents think their child is overweight, and they blame it on diet. 

Researchers found a startling number of mums and dads believe their son or daughter is obese or severely overweight, with the majority blaming it on their unhealthy diet. Sugary snacks, taking part in little or no exercise and believing that it is genetic were also excuses put forward to explain why millions of kids are out of shape. The report looked into 2000 parents’ attitudes towards their children’s well-being

Paul Keenan of Benenden Healthcare says, “Parents are clearly recognising the challenge they face in stopping the rise of a generation of overweight children, but they are unsure of the ways in which they can prevent childhood obesity. Parents and children face many daily pressures such as food advertising and the popularity of computer games and it can often be hard to not slip into bad eating habits and lack of exercise. Parents can start with a positive attitude to health and wellbeing, which involves all the family. It is never too late to start.”

By 2050, it is predicted that 25% of children will be obese: that is a body mass index of over 30. This epidemic is becoming serious.

 

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