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Childhood Obesity

Described as an epidemic; it is the issue of childhood obesity that inspired the establishment of MoreLife.

Today, one in three children are overweight or obese. Research suggests that - if untreated - 85% of these children will become obese adults.This statistic alone is reason enough to address weight issues in the early years.

Childhood Obesity

"What causes childhood obesity?"
Like adult obesity, childhood obesity has many influencing factors, but essentially is caused by taking in more energy than we are using up over a long period of time.

The biggest difference between childhood obesity and adult obesity is that, depending upon their age and circumstances, young people have generally less control over their food intake.

Older children have more responsibility over their lifestyle choices than their younger peers whose diet and exercise patterns are largely controlled by their parents / caregivers.

It is a fact that children with obese parents are 12 times more likely to be overweight than if their parents were a healthy weight.

It's not just about food, it is about how active we are too.

In reality children should be very active; it is recommended that young people should spend at least 60 minutes per day, or 7 hours a week, where they are being active to a level where they are out of breath.

Research has shown that kids spend, on average, 52 hours in front of a screen each week. TV, internet, computer games etc are all taking time away from them being active.

Healthy Lunch Boxes
Our very own Professor Paul Gately appeared on Calender to share his views on healthy lunches for children.

For those who want to find out more, we have included free access to some of our handouts. These can be downloaded here:

Food Labels

Healthy Lunches

Label Matching
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