Report by Thalia Morgan 7SMA
27th June 2016
CHILDHOOD OBESITY: BABY FAT
You have probably heard the phrase “baby fat” before, and obviously it’s true that when you are young it does not matter if you are chubbier than others, because as you grow, you get bigger and all of this “baby fat” disappears. But is that always the case?
As you are walking through streets what do you see? You probably see lots of diﬀerent sized adults and children, wandering around. How many of them are classed as obese? Now look especially at the children, how many of them do you think have a healthy diet? In 2016 30% of children and young adolescents in Britain are classed as overweight or obese, that’s around 1/3 children you meet, this is an extremely important issue that we must cover immediately.
Right now many schools in Britain are doing all they can to help this crisis. But is this enough? Currently, Trinity School students are faced with the hard decisions daily when they visit the school canteen. Choices consists of main meals, vegetarian options and even salad boxes, now these options can generally be made however temptation is always on display. For some un-named reason, the sugary, delicious cakes are right next to freshly chopped and washed fruits. Do you go for the healthy options or the un- healthy option?
There is a balance to be struck though, obesity is not just about your dietary plans it’s about your exercise as well. Children under 5 years of age should be physically active for 180 minutes of a day. If you are 5-18 you should pursue in 60 minutes of exercise a day.
A healthy balance of daily exercise and a sensible diet is the best way to avoid obesity.
By Thalia Morgan 7SMA