Low-income teens at higher risk of obesity

Friday, May 24, 2024

COPENHAGEN: Teens from less affluent families in Europe are at greater risk of obesity, inactivity and poor diet, which are risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the WHO said on Thursday.

A new report revealed “alarming disparities” in the health of young people across Europe, with those from low-income families “disproportionately affected”, the World Health Organisation said.

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, based on data from 44 European countries, showed that one in four teens reported daily consumption of sweets or chocolate.