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Rise of cheap junk food causing poor kids to get fatter than rich children: Study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 22, 2018, 12:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 22, 2018, 12:26 pm IST
Here is what a new study has found.
Rise of cheap junk food causing poor kids to get fatter than rich children. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Rise of cheap junk food causing poor kids to get fatter than rich children. (Photo: Pixabay)

Researchers have found children from poor backgrounds are getting fatter than rich kids, the Daily Mail reported.

Experts say the cause for this is due to cheap junk food and no exercise.

 

University College London and Loughborough University experts came to the conclusion after analysing data from 1946 and 2016.

They examined how height and weight of children has changed between these years.

Data revealed unhealthier lifestyles have increased BMIs in poor children while gap has narrowed when it comes to height.

The average amount of calories a child is consuming is 3,000 calories from chips and chocolate, instead of the recommended 1,800 calories.

"Without effective interventions, childhood BMI inequalities are likely to widen further throughout adulthood, leading to decades of adverse health and economic consequences," lead author Dr David Bann is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Adding, "Bold action is needed, such as creating further incentives for food manufacturers to reduce sugar and fat content in food and drinks, reduce the advertising of unhealthy foods to children and families, and incentivise the sale of healthier alternatives."

The research was originally published in journal The Lancet Public Health.

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