Almeria’s overweight children

A WHOPPING 44 per cent of children aged between 10 and 12 years in Almeria are overweight.

A high intake of pastries, cakes and sweets in addition to lack of exercise and physical play have been considered factors for overweight children in a recent study by paediatric doctors, Rafeal Galera and Irene Alias in Almeria.

A total of 1,400 children across the province were analysed in health centres, explained the head of Clinical Management of Paediatrics in Torrecardenas.

Forty-four per cent of children aged between 10 and 12 are overweight, with 22 per cent of children between two and 16 being 22 per cent overweight.

Eighty per cent of the 1,400 children had adequate consumption of fish but only half had an adequate amount of vegetables, with the figure lowering in relation to the rising age of the child.

In all age groups, overweight children had higher blood pressure than normal, even in children under the age of six years.


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