Blinkered parents fuel childhood obesity, says report (UK)

guardian.co.uk, 23 November 2009

Seven out of 10 parents think their child takes plenty of exercise, despite only one in 10 doing enough, a poll found today. Research for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found there was a “reality gap” between what parents believe and what actually happens in day-to-day life. The charity released a report called Couch Kids on how a lack of exercise is fuelling childhood obesity. Children are taking no more exercise than a decade ago and obesity levels have risen dramatically over the same period.

In 1995, 11% of boys and 12% of girls were overweight or obese, rising to 17% of boys and 16% respectively in 2007. NHS data shows about one in three young people are currently overweight or obese. The BHF survey of more than 900 parents found 71% believe their children are “active enough” but only 11% of youngsters are active for 60 minutes a day, as recommended by the Government.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/nov/23/parents-childhood-obesity