An article in response to the increase in child obesity and the biggest help would be parents encouraging children to walk instead of being pushed around in buggies at a preschool age. The cost of obesity has increased tremendously with a scary predication that by 2050 the NHS costs associated with obesity will double to 10 billion per year with that cost reaching £50 billion per year by 2050.
- Parents should ditch buggies and make their young children walk
- In a bid to tackle the growing obesity epidemic – which costs the NHS £4.2 billion a year – politicians are urging parents to take responsibility for their youngster’s weight and fitness.
- They say that making children walk is an easy way to help them exercise more.
- A quarter of adults in Britain are now classed as clinically obese and almost one in five 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight.
- Now parents have been told their three-year-olds should be made to walk on short trips to combat the problem.
‘Encouraging children to walk is one way of getting the whole family to take more exercise.’
Anne Milton, the public health minister
Nickie Aiken, Westminster council’s cabinet member for children, called for more drastic measures advising parents to stop using strollers, which have become increasingly fashionable ‘By taking steps such as encouraging their children to walk to school, to eat healthily or stop using buggies on short trips at the age of three, they can help ensure their children lead an active life.’
- A study commissioned earlier this year revealed that one in five children in London are now obese.
- children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active for at least three hours a day.
- A 2007 Foresight report predicted that the NHS costs associated with obesity will double to £10 billion per year by 2050, and that costs to the wider society will reach £50 billion per year by 2050.