Obesity in Singaporean schoolchildren has risen – from 11 per cent in 2013 to 12 per cent in 2014, said the Education Ministry. In 2000, it was 10 per cent.
A Health Promotion Board spokesman has even said that childhood obesity is an international public health concern as it increases the risk of adult obesity.
In fact, the World Health Organisation released the final report from its Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. The report expects the number of fat children to balloon from 42 million in 2013 to 70 million by 2025.
It warns: “Obese infants and children are likely to continue being obese during adulthood and are more likely to develop a variety of health problems as adults.”
These include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, joint problems and a higher risk of getting endometrial, breast and colon cancers.
With child obesity at record levels, it can be hard to feed your kids healthily but we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to help you cultivate good eating habits for your children with the help of food authors Poppy Stamateris and Marika Gouveros.
(Click on arrows in photos for tips)