Posted by: Jessica Stewart | July 6, 2011

England Bound

England – home to the Beatles, Harry Potter, the Royal family and fish n chips.

Here in the United States, we are an over-indulgent society. Our health stats are off the charts on excessiveness.  I started thinking: what’s it like across the pond? Do they indulge in food escapades? Is exercise important? Do they have fast food chains on every street block?

After a little stat research, here is what I found: In 2009, almost a quarter of adults in England were classified as obese. According to official government statistics, childhood obesity rates in England appear to be leveling off. However, the total number of overweight children remains excessively high. In 2009, around three in ten boys and girls aged 2 to 15 were classed as either overweight or obese.

Here in the US – 34 percent of adults are obese. Child obesity statistics in America (2010) has increased, almost tripled in the last few years. Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the US.

So what about the answers to my other questions? I think I’ll go first-hand to find out! My findings to follow.




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