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Child obesity 'time bomb'

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The current generation of overweight children is an “obesity time bomb” waiting to impact on the NHS, a nursing academic has warned.

Florence Mitchell, lecturer in nursing at Queen’s University in Belfast, said: “With childhood obesity we have a ticking time bomb in our society. Our politicians and health service managers must act now to tackle this problem at its root cause, or we will all share the pain in future years, with increased demand for services.”

She was speaking ahead of an international meeting on childhood obesity being hosted by the university next month.

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  • Maryam Omitogun

    The problem of obesity is not something that should be giving us much problem if this issue is tackled in the right way.
    The first thing that we must let the people know is the definition of obesity.According to WHO definition Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have adverse effect on health leading to reduced life expectancy and/ or increased health problems.
    I believe if public know the definition of obesity,they will be able to avoid accumulation of excessive fats.
    Prompt detection of obesity and immediate referral to the Practitioners for treatment or management.
    Giving health education/advice on importance of healthy eating/balance diet,the need to engage in regular excersise will contribute to reduction of obesity in the public.
    Involvement of parents and carers in this process will always help a lot by teaching and advising them on the types of foods, those that should be taken in less quantity and those that should be taken regularly e.g fruits and vegetables.

    All schools should introduce back the subject domestic science which I believe involve cooking technique and other domestic work that will help the children.

    Use of educative posters,leaflets in clinics,schools and public areas will also have a positive effect on this issue.

    Maryam Omitogun

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  • no problem then Maryam

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