Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Italian children 'second-most obese' after US


(ANSA) - Milan, July 17 - Second only to the United States,
obesity in Italian children has reached epidemic proportions,
the Barilla Center for Health and Nutrition said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a seminar organized in Milan by the Barilla
Center, Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Naples
Federico II, Gabriele Riccardi said that 31.6% of Italian
children are overweight, following the United States where the
average is 35.5%.
In OECD countries the overall average is 22.1%, with the
United Kingdom at 24.7% and Brazil 22.1%, while China registers
the lowest figures at 5.2% and Japan 15.3%.
"Lack of physical activity, which has almost completely
disappeared as a requirement in schools, is a contributor, as is
junk food, which is taking over the traditional Mediterranean
diet," said Riccardi.

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