Saturday, December 27, 2008

Effects of Fast Food and Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is on rapid rise in the developing countries like India – in keeping with an unhealthy global trend: in 2007, as estimated 22 million children under the age of five were overweight according to the World Health Organization.

An alarming report present by American Heart Association states the thickness of the artery walls of teenagers who are obese were reported to resemble the thickness of an average 45-year-old’s artery walls i.e. evidence was presented that obese children show early warning signs of heart disease. Childhood obesity is also linked to other serious health complications including juvenile diabetes.

Medical experts attribute the weighty troubles to the changed dietary habits – an over dose of fast food and processed foods and a steep drop in levels of physical activity.
An unhealthy diet is partly because of compulsions of modern life where both parents work and prefer quick and easy processed food options rather than cooking every meal from scratch.For more details on effects of fast food and alternative options to be taken, please read my earlier article -Click here.
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