Childhood Obesity hits Australia Hard

The Australian parenting website, ‘Raising Children Network’, is claiming that health problems created by childhood obesity are so severe, that there are real concerns the current generation of parents  will outlive their children!

1.5 million Australian children are obese, making that 20%-25% of the nations minors.

The proportion of overweight or obese children in Australian is increasing at an accelerating rate, despite previous reports claiming the numbers were down. This pattern, showing up back in the 1980’s, is similar internationally.

According to a website simply titled, Child Obesity:

“If weight gain continues the path it is following, by the year 2020, 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese.”

“A study in Queensland showed that up to 30% of Australian children have low fitness levels while 60% have poor motor skills.”

In response, Queensland area schools have amped up their effort for pushing students in to Home-Ec classes. Teaching the children how to cook lean, healthy meals and stearing them away from all the junk that’s out there.

Fast food is, of course, on top of the long list of blame. So are parents and educators, for not pushing activities and physical education. For obesity in adults, long hours of work and media are the subjects of finger pointing.

The country’s attempt at censoring junk food advertisments before 9pm has brought plenty of criticism.

Kate Carnell, head of the Australian Food and Grocery Council slammed the plan as “nothing but censorship”.

She stated that, “Bans on advertising these foods to children in Sweden and Quebec have shown no difference to obesity levels in children,”

“In fact, in Quebec after the ban was implemented, the prevalence of obesity tripled among boys and doubled for girls.”

Australian’s are expected to spend more than $37 billion on takeaway food this year, making them the 11th biggest-spending fast food nation on earth. And, the 39th fattest nation.

This is the equivalent of 343 Whopper burgers for every man, woman and child in the country  and is an increase of $4 billion in spending in just three years.

The demand for such food has brought Australia more than 1,250 Subways, 845 Domino’s, 780 McDonald’s and 300 Hungry Jacks and 600 KFCs.

Apparently fast food places over there are not required to give nutrition facts, as there is now a push for it by consumer advocates.