Obesity epidemic: Child aged six suffers stroke

A six year old and an eight old suffered strokes that are thought to have resulted from their weight are two extreme examples highlighting the obesity crisis in under-16 year old’s. Recent figures released by 66 of Britain’s 168 acute hospital trusts under the Freedom of Information Act, show show that more than 5,500 children under the age of 16 were diagnosed or treated for obesity in hospitals in the past five years.

These figures can be further broken down by age with 500 children under five being diagnosed with clinical obesity, including 40 children under one, 49 one year old’s and 85 two year old’s.

These depressing facts show the continuing struggle Britain faces against obesity. The rising number of clinically obese babies and toddlers often leads to them suffering from weight related diseases such as diabetes and breathing difficulties, which would normally not appear until later in life.

It is reported that a chief cause of the problem are the parents who have no idea what to feed their babies. Sometimes they attempt to wean their babies while they are too young but inappropriate foods are also major issue. Doctors have seen babies fed crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks. In some cases parents have been found to be giving their infants puréed chips with milk, or mashing up takeaway food.

Dr Ken Ong, clinical lead for childhood obesity at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, said: “The one and two year-old’s we see are massively obese but it is only the very extreme who are coming to hospital clinics. There will be many more who are in the community or are not being recognized at all. The popular hope is that it is just baby fat and they will grow out of it, but our studies show that it is more likely to continue being obese and even become more obese.”

Related Posts - MSC News

  • Families ignore health warnings about obese childrenJuly 27, 2011 -- Families ignore health warnings about obese children
    Dr David Haslam, a leading GP and chairman of the UK’s National Obesity Forum, last night said that parents of obese children are simply ignoring warnings and advice, and any heavy-handed tactics aime...
  • junk foodSeptember 19, 2013 -- Junk food at supermarket checkouts is worsening the obesity crisis
    Parents – have you ever been stood in a supermarket shopping queue that seems to never decrease in size, this whilst simultaneously being nagged endlessly by your children for chocolate and/or sweets ...
  • How an obese sibling can leave the other at riskJuly 29, 2014 -- How an obese sibling can leave the other at risk
    Contrary to popular belief that a child’s obesity risk is more determined by their parent’s weight, it could be true that siblings have more of an impact on their brother’s or sister’s chance of becom...
  • Obesity crisis worsens as 11-year-old boy reaches 24 stoneAugust 6, 2013 -- Obesity crisis worsens as 11-year-old boy reaches 24 stone
    England’s childhood obesity epidemic could be much worse than first thought following the publication of alarming NHS statistics which show that seven school children have tipped the scales at over 20...
  • Being sat down for too long each day could prove fatalApril 10, 2014 -- Being sat down for too long each day could prove fatal
    Are you sat down reading this? The chances are likely you probably are. However, you may not be sat comfortably for long. According to research, those who are sat down for extended periods of the day ...
  • spermDecember 8, 2015 -- Obesity may be passed on through the father’s sperm
    During pregnancy – and maybe even whilst trying for a baby - most sensible women will usually decide to stop drinking and quit cigarettes in a boosted attempted to conceive, and then protect the healt...
  • May 23, 2012 -- New American studies highlight the problems of obesity
    Obesity is widely recognised as being a global epidemic and worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Here are some key facts about the condition that go some way to showing the seriousness ...
  • September 6, 2012 -- Babies exposed to their mothers smoking face becoming obese
    In the present day it is now common knowledge amongst most women at least, that smoking during pregnancy can seriously harm the health and development of their growing baby inside the womb. Some of th...
This entry was posted in obesity and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.