Obesity is the disease epidemic of the Western world and unfortunately, it is a problem that affects all age groups – even kids. Currently, it is estimated that 1 child in every 4 is either overweight or obese (and the statistics are steadily rising). This has prompted the NSW Government to take drastic action and introduce mandatory weigh-ins for all children at hospitals & health clinics. If the child is deemed to be overweight, they are to be referred to weight-loss specialists, such at dietitians, and their parents will be issued with guidelines to help their child lose weight (read more here )
While this may seem like a tremendous cost to the NSW state health services, the long term saving to the health budget are huge. The problem, that obviously the NSW Government recognizes, is that overweight children grow into overweight adults and then face the full gamut of health issues related to obesity- related disease (often at a much younger age).
Quite simply, if we don’t nip childhood obesity in the bud now, our Medicare system of the future will be unable to ‘cope’ with the escalating cost of treating chronically ill, obese patients. I think the governments of the other states need to get serious and jump on board with NSW!
Parents also need to take more responsibility for their child’s weight as well – if you read the article, they make reference to the fact that 75% of parents of overweight children think that their child’s weight is not a problem! WOW! Is that because they are overweight as well and don’t want to acknowledge that they also have a weight issue? Or have we really lost all perspective on what is a ‘normal’ weight? I am sure if there was better education offered to parents of overweight / obese children, this would help to give their children a much healthier future.
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