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Cancer Warning For Obese Children

Posted: Saturday, April 10, 2004

  Dr Waine stated that, recent research had shown a disturbing link childhood obesity and cancer in adults. "An obese boy is 14% more likely to develop cancer as an adult and an obese girl is 20% more likely to develop cancer as an adult. "In terms of childhood obesity, there are so many cardiovascular risk factors present in children with serious obesity that we are in danger of breeding a generation who will die before their parents," he said.

"This is such a serious issue that children are now displaying illnesses previously seen in adults like certain types of diabetes and heart disease." Dr Waine and other health experts recently called on a Health Select Committee to include obesity in the National Service Framework, thus forcing doctors to devote more resources to its treatment.
The health department spokesman said the government was committed to tackling rising levels of obesity. He said prescriptions for obesity drugs had tripled and stressed the importance of local schemes encouraging children to take physical exercise. The British government is awaiting a report this summer on a possible link between advertising and children's consumption of junk food.

Source: Diabetes In Control

 
 
 
 
 
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