As sad and overwhelming as it is to hear that more than half of adults are overweight or obese, it’s truly shocking to hear the current statistics on children. One in three children born in the year 2000 is destined to get diabetes as an adult.
Childhood overweight and obesity has become an epidemic. In the U.K. the incidence of obesity is British children has doubled since 1982. the recent House of Commons Health Committee report on obesity stated that 21,8 percent of boys and 27,5 percent of girls were either overweight or obese, and that if this trend continues, then by 2020, over one third of adults and over 50 percent of children will be classed as obese. Carrying excess weight sets the stage for serious health problems that begin early and last a lifetime that may well be shorter than it should be. In fact so many kids today are so seriously overweight that we are looking at the first generation that may have a shorter life span than their parents.