This startling report from the front-lines of an epidemic reveals the startling truth about the skyrocketing rates of life-threatening childhood obesity - and what we can do to fight it The UK now has one of the fastest growing obesity rates in the world and the proportion of those categorized as such has tripled over the last 20 years. What's worse, it's not only affecting adults. Across the world the rates of life-threatening childhood obesity are soaring and today's kids are on track to become the first generation in history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This book by leading nutritionist Lisa Tartamella, together with award-winning journalists Elaine Hersher and Chris Woolston, is the first to explore the causes of this growing problem and to describe ways to solve it. Generation Extra Large reveals the cultural and economic reasons behind childhood obesity. It's not only television, video games and junk food: parents work long hours that disrupt family eating and exercise and schools compound the problem by lining the halls with drinks machines, serving fast food and cutting back physical education and play time. Poverty also plays a key role.
But there is hope. The authors give voice to the crusaders who are set on helping overweight children, and provide checklists, interactive tests, and nutritional guides for concerned readers.