The annual report conducted by NHS Digital in the UK revealed that children of obese parents are more likely to suffer from obesity in comparison with those with of parents with a healthy weight. It seems that this trend is due to unhealthy eating habits which the parents show to their kids who will, most possible, follow the same dietary traits that lead to overweight and obesity.
“28% of children of an obese mother were also obese, while 24% of children of an obese father were obese,” the survey revealed, cited by The Guardian.
“It’s a cycle of life that can have terrible consequences to the health of entire families for generations. We need specialist weight management services for overweight and obese families, supporting parents to lose weight before conception, and we need services in place to continue this support throughout pregnancy and childhood,” said Dr. Max Davie, an officer for health promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
Obese Parents Are More Likely To Pass On Obesity To Their Children
“The figures were incredible worrying as obese children are around five times more likely to be obese adults and overweight adults have an increased risk of 13 different types of cancer,” explained Linda Bauld from the Cancer Research UK.
“The government needs to help end this cycle of obesity by restricting junk food marketing promotions and introducing calorie labeling so families can make the healthier choice, the easier choice,” she added.
Also, the recent report showed that smoking and alcohol consumption experience a steady decline in the UK adult populations, as well as in teens. Also, alcohol abuse rates lowered significantly in 2017 in comparison with those recorded between 2011 and 2016.
In conclusion, the most worrying results found by the annual report carried out by NHS in the UK are the incidence of obesity in both adult and children populations. Accordingly, obese parents are more likely to have obese children, the research said.