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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Study highlights the need for greater awareness surrounding obesity

Nearly three quarters of Welsh children don’t realise a eating mainly junk food, could lead to potentially fatal conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

This is the startling finding of study by the British Heart Foundation. Apparently, children think the worst health effects of eating junk food are merely putting on weight and rotten teeth.

This highlights just how little youngsters know about and understand the relationship between the old saying "You are what you eat". So I think the BHF has come up with a brilliant and innovative way to try and get this message through to kids.

The charity's developed an online computer game, the Yoobot, hopefully helping them understand the long term consequences of a poor diet. It allows them to create a mini version of themselves, showing how the choices they make for their Yoobot (about food and exercise) have a direct impact upon their health and wellbeing. Perhaps after children have finished this, they'll be encouraged to move away from the computer screen and go and kick a ball around or ride a bike!

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