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Saturday 3 December 2016

Obesity in children has different causes at different ages, new research has found.

Obesity in children has different causes at different ages, new research has found.

A comparison of children in 2010 with data from the 1980s found the rise in obesity in young children has been largely restricted to those with obese parents. Obesity in adolescents occurred across the entire age group.

The University of Exeter found that before the 1980s, childhood obesity was around 5pc, but by 2010 it had shot up to 16pc.

The findings suggest parenting is the fundamental influence on weight gain in the early years, whereas more general influences take over later on.

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