Doctors warn that a record number of children are developing and being treated in hospital for health conditions such as obesity, tooth decay, alcohol abuse and various health complaints associated with passive smoking.
Healthcare professionals warn that these health complaints are entirely preventable if we adopt healthier lifestyles.
The claims were made by medical staff from Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and they conclude that the growth in the number of avoidable health complaints could even lead to a generation dying before their parents.
“These claims are extremely worrying," said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK. "Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, amputation, blindness and kidney disease.
"We need to protect the future health of our children and make sure they follow a healthy diet low in fat, sugar and salt but with at least five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. We estimate that there are already as many as 1,400 children and young people with Type 2 diabetes in the UK and we must do all we can to reverse this trend.”