KIDS pile on the pounds over the summer holidays, research shows.
Children are gaining wait over the summer holidays because they do not get enough exercise[/caption]
Experts warn too many are being dumped in front of screens for four hours a day over the six-week break — while playing out for 2½ hours.
A study of 400 primary kids found fitness levels plummet by 80 per cent over summer.
The research by charity UK Active followed them over a 13-month period and found numbers of tubby kids dropped steadily between the start and end of the academic year.
UK Active boss Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson urged parents to keep youngsters moving.
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Children have easier access on hols to the lure of junk food.”
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The number of children considered overweight increases by 4 per cent over the summer holidays[/caption]
Vegetables help foil Type-2 diabetes
EATING lots of veggies slashes the risk of type-2 diabetes by up to a third, a review suggests.
Researchers found the more plant-based food and less meat someone ate, the lower their odds of developing the disease.
Those who conformed most to a vegan-style diet were 30 per cent less prone to the illness.
The US study analysed data from 307,000 people.
Expert Dr Ian Johnson, from Norwich’s Quadram Institute, said: “Diabetes is a burden on the NHS.
“Any shift toward this diet could be beneficial.”
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