Spanish children 'fattest in Europe' after British

15th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2004, MADRID – After Britain, Spain has the highest number of obese children in Europe, the health minister said Wednesday.

15 September 2004

MADRID – After Britain, Spain has the highest number of obese children in Europe, the health minister said Wednesday.

Helena Salgado said she was "very worried" by the sharp rise in child obesity in Spain.

Some 16 percent of Spanish children are now officially overweight, she said.

During the past five years, the numbers of overweight children had not reached more than 5 percent, but had risen sharply in the past year.

The announcement comes a day after Salgado revealed Spaniards were the biggest users of cocaine in Europe.

In a breakfast meeting Wednesday with the Spanish press, Salgado said healthy habits were the best guarantee that children's health would improve.

Salgado said her department wanted to publicise a healthy diet for children among the immigrant parents who may feed their children what is a more convenient, but not necessarily healthy, diet because they may not be earning much money.

These diets may make their children fatter.

Salgado said that government plans to grant some immigrants work permits if they had contracts, meant their health might improve.

But she added that these people would also be paying towards the social security system and contribute towards the cost of the health care.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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