Monday, October 22, 2007

Obesity checks to be implemented from Year one among children

According to a leading expert, obesity checks like weights and measurements among children should be done from the first year of their birthday as a way to deal with the growing obesity epidemic.

The National obesity forum chairman, Colin Waine, said: "Weighing children at five would be useful but it would be more logical to start measuring children on a yearly basis from one year old. The early signs of obesity can be detected before school."

According to Dr Waine, these obesity checks could also be targeted at the whole family in case obesity was a wider issue. Right now children are being weighed at 5 and 10 in England and Wales. Parents are being informed about the results only after their requests.

With the new Government plans, parents could be handed the results automatically. Children obesity has been getting bigger and bigger over the fast decades with 16.9 percent of boys being obese and 16.8 percent of girls are classified as obese in UK. If people in UK go ahead with the current level of obesity growth, about 60 percent of men, 50 percent of women and 25 percent of children will be obese by 2050 there.

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