‘Run child run’… it worked for Forest Gump… but it seems modern kids aren’t only sedentary, but not getting the right nutrition either.

Considered an epidemic, child obesity is a world-wide issue and will continue to be at the forefront of medical and psychological research. That’s why 300 schoolchildren and their families in the UK took part in the ‘EarlyBird Diabetes Study’ – to find out what happens in childhood that can lead to the development of diabetes in later life.

In summary the EarlyBird Diabetes Study conducted by UK’s leading obesity charity found that:

  • Kids generally aren’t doing enough exercise or eating the right food
  • There is Evidence of a link between overweight parents and children with a weight problem
  • Obese mothers are 10 times more likely to have obese daughters
  • Obese fathers are 6 times more likely to have obese sons

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After reading the findings, I wonder if you too will have the same reaction as me…. DUH!!!!!

Of course there are genetic factors to consider but one would assume these findings are a no brainer – you are a product of your parents. You eat what they serve; you pick up habits (good and bad) from your parents and of course if they represent an unhealthy attitude or routine towards food, you are more than likely to share this!

But what is causing real controversy in Britain is the idea to introduce educational sessions in pre-natal classes to those who are overweight on how to avoid over-feeding your children. Midwives are worried that this type of action will jeopardise the health of pregnant women and their babies.

What do you think? Do you think these classes could be successful in combating obesity or cause more trouble to the state of health?

Not to plug ourselves too much, but let them get a SpringfreeTM Trampoline – I mean you won’t have to bribe the kids to use them, and they’ll be outside exercising!

Research:

http://www.earlybirddiabetes.org/findings.php

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