More Japanese Kids Overweight

Global obesity sure seems like an unstoppable runaway train, and here’s more proof. Reuters reports that the number of fat kids in Japan is rising:
A team of researchers has found that up to 20 percent of primary and junior high school children who were classified as overweight, and as many as 3 percent of children of the same age in general, may have the same condition. "There's a worldwide trend toward more weight problems in children, and Japan is no exception, as it has taken up habits more like the West," said Takehiko Ohzeki, professor and chairman of Pediatrics at central Japan's Hamamatsu University, who headed the research.

"Diet has really changed. Also, children now tend to sit around and watch TV and play computer games all day."

The research, which took two years and which Ohzeki said may have involved up to "several thousand" participants, suggested setting standards for metabolic syndrome in children as one part of a general program to tackle the issue.

A large waistline, high blood pressure, raised insulin levels, excess body weight and abnormal cholesterol levels are all symptoms of the syndrome.
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