[Letters] Childhood obesityCardiovascular and endocrine diseases are the main problems related to childhood obesity. However, there is another very dangerous dilemma: cancer. A study published in the journal “Cell” states that overweight acts as a promoter of tumors in general and particularly of liver tumors.
Today’s children will live fewer years and with a worse quality of life that their grandparents. This is because the problems derived from obesity and passivity, warned in a press conference the president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress of the Society of Endocrinology and nutrition. In the last ten years the childhood obesity has doubled, reaching 13.9 percent. In addition, 30 percent of obese children are also obese as adults.
The practice of leaving children watching television so they do not bother their parents too much is not good for the health of kids. Two New Zealand scientists have shown that too much TV during childhood increases the chances of being obese as a more direct way that poor nutrition or by not doing physical exercise. Forty-one percent of people who are overweight at 26 age matches with those who spent more hours in front of the TV in his childhood.
The Center for Consumer Freedom in the U.S. has started a campaign against the overweight under the slogan “obesity: epidemic or exaggeration?” It seeks to deny the obvious in the world’s fattest country. The journal of the medical college pointed out that obesity was the second-leading cause of death in this country.
The distribution group Eroski has launched a campaign against obesity in collaboration with four associations related to health and healthy eating. Obesity is a serious problem for health in many of developed countries because of its impact and its health burden.
It is estimated that about 13 percent of the population between 25 and 60 is obese. The figures of obesity and overweight children and adolescents are even more worrying. Almost 14 percent of the population between 2 and 24 years is obese and 26.3 percent are overweight.
“The best seasoning for food is hunger,” said Cicero.
* Clemente Ferrer Independent Forum of Opinion, Spain