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WEIGHT WORRY Solution to obesity in kids lies with their parents


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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.

Herald