The obesity rate for kids in America has increased by almost 30 percent in just over 30 years. Modern lifestyle has left a sedentary mark on most of the kids today.
Unfortunately, thanks to computer games, junk food and the invention of the Segway PT, more kids are living a sedentary life as compared to the time when the television was made.
A previous research showcased in The Medical Journal of Australia, the obesity rate in Australia had increased by more than 100 percent over the course of 20 years. Despite attempts to spread public awareness on health and efforts coming from fitness Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth health club outlets and concerned authorities, the extraordinary rise in obesity rates has been compared to the growing American health crisis.
With the huge rise in obesity seen in adults, the rate in Australian children becoming obese has stayed consisted over the years. Almost more than a quarter of all children under 18 are considered overweight and just over 5 percent are obese. These clues suggest that the huge impact of lifestyle changes and health trends among children in America and most of the west has not totally affected Australia’s youth.
While the media has definitely exaggerated their reports on childhood obesity in the country getting more and more severe each year, researchers have conducted studies on the issue and believe that the country’s young obesity problem has reached a plateau.
However, unlike its youth, the general population has had far greater impacts on the country in terms of economy. Diabetes Australia, the country’s national body for diabetes prevention, reported a 25 billion dollar cost coming from obesity in 2005. The institution predicts these numbers to have increased within the last 3 years. In the 2008 report, the organization’s national policy manager – Ian White, predicts that the country would need at least 1-2 decades before they would recover from the problems left by obesity in the country. If the Government doesn’t act now, Australia is just another “America” in the making.
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