Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Fit Factor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Fit Factor

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FACT - the obesity epidemic is getting worse, not just in this country but throughout the world.

Our lifestyles are getting worse and after watching the horrendous TV footage of famine through the early 1980s, I read now that even Ethiopia is starting to see a diabetes problem in its capital city.

With all the publicity about sugar, the sugar tax, the government's involvement and awful statistics, this week I still see major supermarkets promoting two-forone drinks that each contain more than 17 teaspoons of sugar per drink, sugar-laden packets of sweets and energy drinks, all on the same bargain shelf next to the till.

Motivational At what point are the supermarkets going to take more responsibility for our younger generation? Surely this is an opportunity to get publicity by making positive changes and standing up for the health of our nation. The ironic thing is the kids who were in groups together all bought from that stand. Bearing in mind the daily allowance of sugar for an adult is eight teaspoons, this puts 17 in one drink into perspective.

I'm horrified about what is going on and unfortunately the holiday period when families are out of routine is one of the worst times of the year.

Here are just a few of my thoughts on what can be done, particularly for the next generation: | Better education about health and wellbeing should be made compulsory at an early age at | More ways into exercise that will suit all abilities. The London Olympics was this country's golden opportunity to inspire more young kids to follow their heroes and take up a sport. Statistics show that as much as people loved the games, the places and coaches needed to continue their legacy have simply not transpired.

| Kids should be guided into forming healthy habits through exercise and food via parents and schools as soon as possible in life. …

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