From Your Health Journal…..”Today’s review is from an excellent resource called The South China Morning Post, which delivers a powerful statement about the childhood obesity epidemic in Hong Kong. As many of my readers know, obesity is not just a problem in Hong Kong, but the world. Humans are gaining weight at rates that are scary, and for many, there is no hope in sight. Many of these overweight people are at high risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health related problems. The article goes on to say that many adults do not see a problem with children who may appear to be overweight, as they are perceived as cute or will grow out of this problem as they grow. The report also states that some 60,000 of 300,000 primary school children are still considered obese. The article continues by stating 1 in 5 children in Hong Kong are obese, as fast-food culture and a sedate lifestyle have added to the problem. Children are more likely to be tied up by private tutoring and computer games than by sports and outdoor activities. Please view the entire article at the link provided at the bottom of this post.”
From the article…..
Childhood obesity is a problem that has not received the attention it deserves. There is a common but dangerous misconception that an extra few pounds at a younger age does no harm. Some parents even find chubby children more adorable and are quite happy to see their waistlines grow more than they should. But the worrying truth is that obesity can lead to life-threatening conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The situation will only worsen unless there is intervention at an early stage.
Thankfully, health officials have some encouraging news. The percentage of students deemed overweight has continued to drop over the past few years, down from 21.4 per cent in the 2010 school year to 20.9 this year. Sadly, the rate is still significantly higher than 16.4 per cent 15 years ago. Some 60,000 of 300,000 primary school children are still considered obese.
That one in five of our youngsters is obese is hardly surprising in an affluent city like Hong Kong. A fast-food culture and a sedate lifestyle have added to the problem. Children are more likely to be tied up by private tutoring and computer games than by sports and outdoor activities.
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