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Friday, 27 November 2009

Less talk, more action!

First Minister Rhodri Morgan, has voiced his fears for a “toxic generation” of children who play computer games and eat junk food.

I share his concerns, and fear that we are in danger of raising a generation of children burdened with long term chronic health conditions. Soaring rates in obesity have lead to an increase in childhood type II diabetes and will lead to more future cases of heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

Small changes to a daily routine can make a real difference. Just getting children into the habit of walking to school has environmental benefits, and helps with the fight against childhood obesity. Teaching children at an early age about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle often means that they will continue this into adulthood. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is vital that we act without further delay.

In order to achieve a real improvement for the future health of our children; parents, schools, health professionals, the media, food manufacturers, and the government all have an important role to play.

We need real action from the Welsh Assembly Government on what is going to be done to reverse this growing epidemic. What do you think?

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