One in four children needs to burn off fat

Obesity is a «ticking time bomb» for Greek children, doctors from the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki warned yesterday as they unveiled figures that show that one in four youngsters is overweight or obese. The doctors said that recent research on children from 11 schools in Thessaloniki showed that more than 15 percent of primary school children could be classified as obese. One in 10 junior high school students were also obese, according to the study, while 25 percent of their classmates were overweight. The doctors warned that these weight problems would cause more serious health concerns for the children as they grow older. They encouraged parents to change their children’s eating habits and to encourage them to exercise more.

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