Health and weight

Young People, Health and Weight Introduction by Dr Russell Viner

Children and teenagers’ weight is a popular topic in the news and among doctors in this country. In 2013-14 around one third of children measured aged 10-11 were either overweight or obese (National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2013/14 school year). The numbers of overweight and obese children among 11-15 year olds are rising. Doctors are worried about this because people who have weight problems when they are young may grow up to have health problems when they are adults (BMA). 
 
Dr Russell Viner is from the Institute for Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s hospital in London. Here, Dr. Viner explains why being overweight or obese is a problem and how young people can make sure they keep a healthy weight.

Last reviewed February 2015.
Last updated February 2015.

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