es by 2010 is set to reach an alarming 1.7 million, with around 19% boys and 22% girls becoming obese.
Health experts have issued a warning that with the current trend, half of all children could be obese by 2020. They further stated that more children would also develop Type 2 diabetes, which till now generally is found only in middle-aged adults. They also explained that generally Type 1 diabetes is largely due to genetic factors and could be usually diagnosed in children, while Type 2 is generally caused by unhealthy lifestyle, and diet.
Stating that this might surely indicate that the government would in all probabilities miss out on their deadline to reach targets they had set in 2004 towards the halting of the obesity epidemic, the health activist are already warning people that the current generation of children could be the first for many decades, which might not live as long as their parents.
Stating that these latest figures were not surprising, Dr David Haslam, clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, had yesterday said, “We have been watching the levels of obesity inexorably rise in recent years so these figures are not unexpected. People talk of an 'obesity time bomb' but in my opinion it has already gone off. What we are waiting to see now are the time bombs explode of problems such as diabetes and heart disease.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said yesterday, “Tackling obesity is a government-wide priority. But every individual has responsibility for his or her own health. There are simple changes people can makes in their lives that will have a direct impact on their health, whether it's eating an extra piece of fruit or walking up the stairs. Our public health agenda is the first concerted attempt to tackle rising levels of obesity. Huge progress has been made already in starting to change attitude through the Five A Day Campaign, the school fruit scheme and more investment in schooPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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