April 28, 2015 | Georgie

As a child of the 1980s I find it worrying that childhood obesity rates have gone up from 5 to 16% since then.

A recent study compared data from children in the 1980s with data from today's children. Researchers found obesity in young children was influenced by their parents. But for teenagers it was more to do with peer pressure.

This means different approaches are needed to solve the problem. I wonder whether the same solutions can be used for adults...

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Lead researcher Terence Wilkin of Exeter University says: 'Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health issues of our time.'

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