Kids Living In Poverty Nearly 3 Times As Likely To Be Fat

Posted: Dec 12 2015, 6:58am CST | by , Updated: Dec 12 2015, 7:20am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Kids living in Poverty Nearly 3 Ttimes as likely to be Fat
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  • Kids living in Poverty are Thrice as likely to be Fat

Kids who are living in conditions of poverty are thrice as likely as their richer counterparts to be fat and out of shape.

A new study has found that poorer children are more likely to be obese or turn out to be flabby as adults. Researchers tracked 20,000 families from all over the United Kingdom.

The children were compared at 5 years old and when they reached the age of 11 years. The link was a definite one. At the age of 5, the poor children were twice as likely to be obese as their better off cousins in the middle and upper classes.   

6.6% of the tykes in the poorest segments of the population were obese as compared to 3.5% of those in the cream of the crop. By the time these little ones reach pre-pubertal standards the gap widened even more so.

7.9% of the poor were obese as compared to 2.9% of the rich. That is a triple figure which shows that somehow the poor face circumstances that leads to certain obesity. The environment and behavioral repertoire of the poor were examined for clues. 

The smoking status of the mothers during pregnancy, their breastfeeding their infants and the introduction of solid food in the child’s life at the age of four months were the main markers.

Whether the moms were fat was tallied into the survey. Intervention in the early years was crucial as the researchers found out. This disease of lifestyle and civilization had to be stopped dead in its tracks early on otherwise there was no hope whatsoever.

Participation in sports and regular exercise not to mention playtime with parents were important factors. Also hours spent in front of the boob tube or a computer screen were factors contributing to obesity. Cycling in the great outdoors and going to bed on time in order to catch one’s daily dose of Z’s were prevention tips.    

Besides these, diet played a key role. Eating a full breakfast to stave of cravings late at night and avoiding fruit juices and soft drinks were other strategies that worked.

By incorporating these many means of erasing the scourge of obesity, the poorer kids could counter the lifestyle choices that were making them fat. It was all a matter of replacing bad habits with good habits.

The lower income was a cause of poor choices too. But that could only be cured via a decent education and sheer hard work that landed one in a higher class than one’s own.

An unhealthy lifestyle may be a part of one’s comfort zone, but one ought to make an effort to extricate oneself from its death-like clutches.   

The findings of this study were published on Friday in The European Journal of Public Health.

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