According to Public Health England: “Ten times more children are severely obese now than thirty years ago” ( The Telegraph , July 24, 2018).
“In just ten years, the percentage of 11-year-old children with problems of extreme obesity has increased by more than 20%.”
A National Health Service (NHS) official warns: “The growing epidemic of obesity in the country poses problems for the NHS, but it is also extremely worrying for the nation’s general health, since obesity in childhood paves the way to obesity in adulthood and overweight or obese people are at higher risk of suffering from a series of cancers, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes and other diseases. “
However, obesity is not just a problem for the English. According to a study published in The Lancet , on May 29, 2013, almost 30 percent of the world’s population, about 2 billion people, are obese or overweight ( IHME).
One of the main causes of obesity is the production, promotion and abundant availability of junk food: foods rich in calories and low in nutrients, packaged for a long shelf life, and fast foods with a high content of unhealthy fats.
One study found that kids who remember junk food ads are twice as likely to be obese, reinforcing how powerful advertising can be.
Another factor that promotes obesity is our modern sedentary lifestyle: too much television and other passive activities, and very little physical exercise.