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Obesity is no kidstuff

health-and-fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2010 01:01 IST

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Too many children smoke or are obese, raising the risk of cancer or heart attacks, a European health report stated recently.

Among children aged between 11 and 15, one in seven is overweight, and the figure will rise, the report said. “Children who are obese or overweight are more likely to suffer from poor health later in life, with a greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, arthritis, asthma, a reduced quality of life and even premature death,” the commission said. One in five 15-year-olds smoke in the European Union, while 40% in Britain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland and Lithuania admit having been drunk at times.

The study urged governments to take charge.