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Fewer overweight children in Germany
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Fewer overweight children in Germany

Published: 14 Dec 2012 08:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2012 08:48 GMT+01:00

The government's 2012 nutrition report shows that the number of overweight pre-school children fell by three percent in all the German states since 2008, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

The percentage of children classified as obese has also dropped, by 1.8 percent.

Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner told the newspaper, "It's a positive signal, but we have to wait and see whether this trend takes hold."

The report also concluded that Germans are slowly becoming more health conscious when it comes to food: the average German devoured some 25 kilos of fish and vegetables in the past year - up 1.1 kilos from the year before.

But old people are among the unhealthiest section of the population - around 74 percent of men and 63 percent of women aged between 70 and 74 are overweight, the report said.

And taken as a whole, the state of German health has not got noticeably better: around 60 percent of German men and 43 percent of women are still classified as overweight. German men still eat a whole kilo of meat every week - way over the recommended average of between 300 and 600 grammes.

"Educating people about healthy nutrition is important," said Aigner.

The government's nutrition report is presented every four years by the Consumer Protection Ministry.

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Your comments about this article

12:11 December 14, 2012 by pepsionice
The truth is that if you just cut soda intake for your average kid to one or two sodas a week....and limited most snacks (not all) to non-candy bar situations, then kids wouldn't have much of a problem.
13:10 December 14, 2012 by raandy
True,

The Micky Ds here in Berlin do not allow one to get free drinks at will, they fill it for you and if you want another you pay again. This of course is not for concern about obesity but it is helpful.

I just read where obesity is a bigger health crisis than hunger world wide.
10:01 December 15, 2012 by 9900lawre
These kids cant be that heavy, they float look!

Jokes aside the science is simple, Move more, Eat less! And parents be bothered to provide propper meals instead of handing off some cash so the kids can buy what they want. Oh and stop cooking chips and fried foods because it's easy!
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