Obesity Rates Increasing In Millenials - Top UK Charity Warns
Cancer Research UK has warned that up to 70 percent of millennials will be obese as they approach their 40's, and recently have recommended swathes of changes aimed at combatting the health issues many people now face as they grow up. They have suggested restrictions on fast food advertising, encouraging healthy eating in schools and providing information about healthy eating to young people.
This ties in with recent research by The Local Government Association which has analysed that data collected by Public Health England and found that obesity rates are alarmingly high in primary school children. The LGA stated, “Height and weight measurements show the number of children classed as severely overweight rose from 15,000 in reception to 22,000 by the time they leave primary school”. Unhealthy primary school children are more likely to become unhealthy high school children and consequently are more likely to become unhealthy adults.
Looking at Cancer Research UK’s claims and recommendations critically, some have argued that their statistics are slightly skewed and that their reformist ideas to combat obesity are radical. However, it is important to understand the importance and significance of an unhealthy generation growing up in the UK. There are the obvious consequences to ignoring the health and well-being of the next generation of workers and leaders. Not least the financial impact on organisations such as the NHS, as well as the implications it would have for businesses in the UK in relation to employee wellness, absenteeism, and mental health.
Investing in wellness and educating people to make the right nutritional choices is imperative for people of all ages. Nonetheless investing in the health and nutritional knowledge of children and empowering them to make the correct nutritional choices can only benefit future generations and the children themselves. This is why we at Healthy Nibbles believe passionately in enabling people to make healthier choices, whether it be through vending or snack boxes, it is vital to provide people with convenient alternatives to traditional snacks.
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