Startling new resuearch has found that junk food makes kids fat – and short. A study published in The Lancet medical journal cites poor diet and lack of exercise as a reason for stunted growth.
Researchers identified children who had Body Mass Index measurements indicating they were overweight or obese although their body weight was low for their age.
“An apparent increase in prevalence of apparent overweight needs to be recognised as perhaps not entirely due to excess body weight per se, but could be confounded by low height for age,” the authors say.
The problem is global, with incidents of declines in height from around the world. Children were found to be centimeters short of the World Health Organization figures for normal height in their country in various regions.
There appears to be a correlation between poverty and obesity, and children who were overweight and under height were found to belong to the lower socio economic groups.