Environmental factors, such as lifestyle and dietary choices, play a key role in determining a child’s body weight. Omnipresent and relentless advertising for low-quality convenience foods together with an over-reliance during leisure hours on television, computers and video games are driving an alarming increase in the incidence of obesity-related non-communicable diseases like type 2 diabetes among young people worldwide. Studies have shown that children who develop healthy eating habits, including the regular consumption of a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, are likely to maintain those behaviours through adolescence and into adulthood. Viviana Viviant looks at ways to promote good nutritional knowledge and preventive physical activity among school-age children, and calls for a responsible approach among adults to protecting the health of young people everywhere.
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