U.K. child obesity rising

July 30, 2007

Childhood obesity in Great Britain is rising at such a rate that half of all boys will be obese by 2050, researchers said.

The report predicts that the number of 6- to 10-year-olds who will become obese will rise dramatically until the 2040s, Britain's The Observer reported.

Health campaigners who gathered in London Saturday night said the finding proves Britain faces a dire public health crisis.

"Unless we take proper steps now to tackle it, we are facing disaster in the near future, with today's generation of children dying younger than their parents," said Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum.

Britain's National Health Service refused to discuss the report, which had been leaked, The Observer reported.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: National survey of Americans' health app use shows technology's promise and weakness

Related Stories

How Amazon's Mechanical Turk is becoming a research tool

September 14, 2015

This spring, Chris Callison-Burch, Ph.D., was in town to share an unusual approach to machine learning. This is one of the hottest topics in computer science: It is behind everything from Google's self-driving cars to Apple's ...

Pride can keep you on track or send you off the rails

September 9, 2015

Can pride in a personal achievement also help you turn down the dessert tray, or can it make you want to indulge as a reward? It all depends, according to new research published in the October issue of the Journal of Consumer ...

Recommended for you

How the finch changes its tune

August 3, 2015

Like top musicians, songbirds train from a young age to weed out errors and trim variability from their songs, ultimately becoming consistent and reliable performers. But as with human musicians, even the best are not machines. ...

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

December 21, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The "thought-to-speech" process ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.