Fears for Australia's obese toddlers

Homemade pork Hamburger in obese fat boy hand, concept junk food and diet
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PRESCHOOLERS are getting fatter, a worrying new report has found.

One in five Australian 2 to 4-year-olds are now classified as overweight or obese.

According to a major new government report, toddlers today are twice as likely to be obese as they were in 1995.

The Herald Sun reported that nine percent of toddlers are obese today, compared with four percent 12 years ago.

And the reason is shockingly simple, it seems; portion sizes have grown by 66 percent.

There has been a 66 percent increase in calories in the average portion of foods such as sausages, cereal bars, ice cream, pizza, and cake.

In 2014-15 it was found that nearly half of adults did not do enough (150 minutes a week) exercise.

And with children spending more time in front of screens than they did a decade ago, it's not hard to see that a fall in physical activity  has also contributed to the rise in childhood obesity.

Public health groups continue to lobby for a tax on junk food advertising and sugar-filled drinks.

The report shows that people from lower income and regional areas are more likely to be obese, and that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.

Overweight kids are at risk of developing chronic conditions early in their life, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

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