Survey finds kids more likely to be obese if their parents are

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5th December 2018 17:12 - Health

Survey finds kids more likely to be obese if their parents are: The annual Health Survey for England (HSE) has revealed the children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves – and around three times more likely to be obese than children with parents who have a healthy BMI.

The annual report conducted for NHS Digital monitors trends in the nation’s healthcare. The latest survey polled just under 8,000 adults as well as 1,985 children aged 16 and under asking questions to find out more about the lifestyle and health status of the population in England.

Obesity levels are once again making headlines with almost two thirds (64%) of adults polled classed as obese - breaking down as 67% of men and 62% of women.  For the first time, the 2017 survey also looked at the relationship between obese parents and their children.

If found that if a mother is obese, 28% of children are also obese and 24% if a father is. This compares to 8% and 9% respectively of children with parents who have what is considered a ‘healthy weight’.

The survey also found the majority of adults in England are leading such unhealthy lives they are putting their lives in danger - with almost nine out of ten having at least one unhealthy health risk.

It found 32% of adults polled had two risk factors posing a danger to their health, with 19% having three or more.


When it comes to children, just 18% are getting the government recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, however, 94% of boys and 95% of girls say they feel in ‘very good’ or ‘good’ health.

There are also encouraging signs to suggest our kids are getting healthier. Whereas in 1997 19% of children aged 8-15 years old had tried smoking, twenty years on in 2017 that figure is down to 5%.

Similarly, the number trying alcohol has decreased from 45% in 2003, to 14% in 2017.

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