City children leaner than country peers

A growing number of overweight children seem to be coming from Greece’s regional areas rather than from urban centers, despite the healthier lifestyles adopted in villages and small towns, according to experts. Survey results to be presented at an obesity conference in Thessaloniki today and tomorrow are expected to show that children in cities are more sensitive to their physical appearance. According to a survey prepared by Gerasimos Krassas, assistant professor at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, 22 percent of children under the age of 10 in central Macedonia are overweight, while just over 4 percent are considered to be obese. Television, junk food and a lack of exercise are seen as being the main culprits behind weight problems for children – in Greece, as well as in many other European countries.