• Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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    • School food review angers Jamie Oliver
    • School food review angers Jamie Oliver

      Posted on July 4, 2012

      The education secretary has announced that a review is to be carried out on school lunches served by schools in England. Michael Gove has selected the men responsible for the Leon chain of restaurants, John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby to carry out the review. The review is being launched as concerns continue about the standards of school food. However, Jamie Oliver believes that a review will delay progress for at least a year and has called for immediate action from the government.

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  • Nine stone dog left immobile after being fed junk food

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 20, 2011

    Cassie, a seven year old border collie, arrived at Dog’s Trust re-homing centre in Kenilworth weighing three times more than she should after being fed a diet of junk food. Staff at the dogs home were dismayed, as Cassie faces the same problems as an obese human, including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. The dog should weigh around 18 to 20 kg, but tips the scales at 58 kg. The excess weight has left her unable to walk for more than three minutes at a time, and covered in bed sores as she spends so long each day lying down.

    Cassie arrived at Dog’s Trust when her owner was taken ill. The dog lived alone with her elderly female owner, who used to feed Cassie meals of fish and chips, roast dinners, crisps, chocolate and other treats. In fact, she had never eaten dog food, which has led to her present unhealthy condition. As the dog arrived by car, it took three people to lift her out, as she can hardly walk, not even able to stand up and eat her food. Staff at the home have had to shave off all her fur in order to treat the bed sores which cover her body.

    Chris Laurence, the Dog’s Trust veterinary director has placed Cassie on a strict diet which is calorie controlled. He considers that the extreme level of obesity will have been inflicted over many years, and is caused by feeding the dog human junk food which isn’t adequate for a dog. He said:

    The consequences of this excessive weight gain for Cassie are very much the same as the problems an obese person would face.

    It is estimated that it will take a year to get Cassie down to a weight where she can be re-homed. Staff give her short walks of only three minutes each time, as she gets out of breath. They are also keeping to a strict diet in an attempt to help her lose weight.

    When she is finally ready to be adopted, her new owners will have to be strict and resist feeding her junk food, which could lead to her gaining more weight. Just as with humans, a diet of junk food can lead to obesity and health related problems, affecting the quality and the length of your life.

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