Obesity obsession leads to other health problems

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : May 22, 2013, 13:55 | Updated : May 22, 2013, 13:55
Researchers of Essex University did extensive study on the obesity among children aged between 9 and 16. They did this study on about 10,000 children and presented a report at European congress on obesity which says that one out of every 17 children is suffering from the problem of underweight.

They said that today’s society is more focused on obesity which has become an obsession and thus, it leads to the problems like underweight and undernourished.

This study was quite surprising as they didn’t expect what they found. This problem of underweight is more prevalent in the U.K. and the reason is recession, lack of jobs, high food price and poor diet.

Moreover, they have a fear of turning obese which makes them exercise daily without enough energy supplements. The trend of building a muscular body also plays major role. Being too thin and underweight is more harmful than being obese said Dr. Gavin Sandercock.

Data shows 6 percent of girls were found underweight while the percentage for underweight boys was 5.5 percent.

Various ethnic groups also make difference here. About 8.7 percent were found underweight in Asian ethnic group.

Sandercock says that the U.K. is too much obsessed with the overweight and obesity that children facing the problem of underweight are missed.

People are paying more attention towards finding various ways to tackle obesity but there should be a call to handle the problem of underweight among children.

Doctors should suggest new ways to help parents whose children are struggling with eating disorder and are undernourished. There should be enough focus on the underweight children as it poses higher risk than the problem of obesity.

By Ruchi Singh
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