Thanks, have set it to recordThere is a tv program on next week about this problem, it goes inside a children's obesity clinic.
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Wednesday March 4, 9:00pm - 10:00pm on Channel 4
100 Kilo Kids: Obesity SOS
With half of Britain's children overweight, a look at patients and specialist NHS staff on obesity's front line, including 15-year-old Harry, whose hip has collapsed due to his weight.
That's a good point. Children here walk to school from their first year (6) and by the time they are seven are walking alone. I think they have to be 9 or 10 before they can take the cycle training test (In school time, run by the police) and then they can ride to school, alone.By junior school age, we were considered old enough to take ourselves to school. I think the media driven paedo-geddon of the 90s has got a lot to answer for.
One word.I blame the parents!
It's odd looking at the way my brother wouldn't let his kids go out to play unsupervised until they were about 10 or 11, but when me and he were kids, from about the age of 6 or 7, we were 'kicked' out after breakfast and told not to come back 'til dinner time, then kicked out again and told not to come back 'til tea time. We had so much fun building dams, climbing trees or onto sheds and garages, making ramps for our bikes, pretending to be stuntmen which was all the more fun because there wasn't a grown up watching over us. His kids weren't 'inactive' mind... they were taken out often enough to play and on walks and the like, and they're certainly not obese either... but i find it sad that his kids (and many others) didn't get the same freedom that we had in the 70s.
Traffic free residential streets. There are simply far more cars than there were in the 1970s You can't let your children out to play if they are going to get run over. This has to be built into town planning and traffic management policy.I find it sad and ironic that the UK, where so many people buy and wear sports clothing, is getting to be the European capital of fatness and unfitness.
I read a quote a couple of weeks ago that described youngsters along the lines of "the first generation to not play outside".
I really am at a loss to understand what can be done to reverse this trend, but it doesn't augur well for the future.
Obviously the government and schools could help resolve some of the problems but, at the end of the day, parents must get their acts together if they do not want to see their kids live shorter, even unhealthier lives than them.