People are looking more closely at the causes of childhood obesity, as more and more children in the UK become overweight.
Recent research suggests that in excess of 20 per cent of British kids are overweight. This can lead to a whole host of problems including problems with the joints and bones, high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and diabetes. There are also psychological effects such as low self-esteem which is a major factor in the causes of childhood obesity.
Common symptoms include tiredness, backache, headaches, joint problems and poor sleep, allied with difficulties at school.
Causes of childhood obesity are related to various technological, social, economic and environmental changes, with several main strands.
The leading causes of childhood obesity are:
In the real world, increased weight is usually a result of a combination of these various factors.