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WEIGHT WORRY Solution to obesity in kids lies with their parents


One in five children are obese. Stock image

One in five children are obese. Stock image

One in five children are obese. Stock image

WEIGHT problems have become a concern in Ireland in recent years, with one in five children now considered obese.

It's estimated that 85,000 children will grow up to die prematurely because of obes- ity-related illness.

On top of that, children as young as eight are presenting to doctors with high blood pressure, while some teenagers have a heart health age of 60.

These are pretty scary facts.

I spoke with a caller to my radio show who said she's putting her 10-year-old son on a diet because he's overweight.

She's worried that if she doesn't do something now, he'll end up obese.

I was surprised when we received calls from angry listeners who accused the woman of being irresponsible for introducing the boy to diets as they believe she'll give him a complex about his body image.

Those same callers said the word "diet" should never be used around a child or in conversation with one.

This is political correctness gone mad.

Everyone is so afraid to offend that the real issues get swept under the carpet.

If a child is overweight, the problem needs to be dealt with, even if that means putt-ing them on a diet and educa- ting them about healthy foods and portion control.

We can't let political corr- ectness overshadow an even bigger issue here - the health of our children.

I know that whenever I see an obese child, I find it distressing to imagine what their parents are feeding them.