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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Our telletubbie kids present a weighty issue

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

It may seem a bit drastic and over the top at first, but the suggestion made by Kathryn Thomas on weighing kids in school may not be that radical after all.

Kathryn's novel (and controversial) approach to obesity is to have schools bring in a yearly weigh-in for every child.

That's because she believes that schools can be instrumental in developing good healthy eating habits from an early age.

There is merit in her suggestion and it is already policy in many schools that parents are advised to replace sugary foods, sweets, biscuits and fizzy drinks with healthy options in lunch boxes.

But Kathryn is right when she says that many parents are in denial.

In fact, they are often blind to the fact that their little darlings are turning into telletubbies before their very eyes.

All the recent health surveys show that we Irish are piling on the pounds as never before and nowhere is this more evident than with our children.

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Some surveys have shown that obese children as young as 10 are already showing signs of early heart disease and other debiliatating illnesses.

Many Irish kids are now so overweight that they are being considered, in medical terms, morbidly obese.

Sadly the prognosis for these children is long-term health issues such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Given the situation's so serious, a weigh-in once a year to raise awareness would appear to be the least we can do. Fair play to Kathryn for suggesting it.

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