Shorter lives, poorer health. Children are now suffering adult diseases.

Another day, another set of data that demonstrates the spiral of decline that worldwide levels of obesity are causing.

Obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are now routinely diseases of children where they once were the exclusive preserve of adults and in the case of type 2 diabetes, quite old adults. The cause of this transmission of diseases from old to young people is simply caused by diet according to a report from the World Obesity Federation. With the UK government backing down on trying to do anything about childhood obesity in the UK and UN targets on reducing obesity all but unachievable, it looks like the world is giving up on the health of its children, condemning them to a life of ill health, amputation, depression and ultimately, an early death.

“More than 3.5 million children now had type 2 diabetes, which was once unknown in this age group and can lead to horrible complications in later life, such as amputations and blindness. The World Obesity Federation, which compiled the data, predicted that number would rise to 4.1 million by 2025.

About 13.5 million children have impaired glucose tolerance, which is a precursor to diabetes. Around 24 million have high blood pressure and more than 33 million have fatty liver disease as a result of obesity, which is more often associated with alcoholism and can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.”

Astonishingly, some of the children referred to in the report were both obese and stunted. Stunted growth occurs as a result of poor nutrition. So these children were eating enough food to make them obese, but it was of such poor quality, their bodies were unable to use the food to grow. All the “food” that they were eating did, was make them fat.

“You cannot replace contaminated water with Coca-Cola or Chocolate Nesquik, or a lack of good meals with a pack of fortified noodles, and still expect children to grow healthily.”

I wish someone would tell Coca-Cola and Nestle that.




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