Did you know that almost 15 percent of South African primary school children are overweight? This is according to the latest stats from the South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The thing that caught my eye looking at this news was our girls are very overweight than boys. Any a parent with a primary school child in their household should be worried as me and this made me understand that our children are in trouble, especially girls.
It was found that girls living in the city-based have more than double the rate (30 percent) and have more body fat. It’s a fact that girls are usually heavier than boys. The World Obesity Federation (WOF) has warned that unless South Africa takes extremely important action to deal with the problem otherwise by 2025 almost 4 million local school children will be overweight.
This is a serious matter parents our children are in trouble and according to the latest research. The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HAFSA) it has shown that girls who were very overweight between the ages of 4 and 6 were 42 times at risk to be overweight as teenagers.
The biggest contribution to obesity is inactivity, our children watch too much television and it was found that girls watch more than boys. This presents a threat to our risk as they will at the risk of contracting long-lasting such a Diabetes.
In Fact, the time is now to act so that we can nip this as early as possible. Solutions need to be placed as suggested by Professor Ian Caterson from the WOF strongly encouraged governments to act: “Introducing tougher rules to protect children from the marketing of unhealthy food, making sure schools help increase healthy eating and physical activity, strengthening planning and building rules to provide safe neighbourhoods, and monitoring the impact of these policies.”