A famous personal trainer said that allowing a child to become obese is a kind of abuse.
Nick Mitchell, founder of the global gym company Ultimate Performance, says it’s no different than your child smoking or taking drugs.
His thoughts are on National Childhood Obesity Week, which runs through July 4-10.
Mitchell believes cheap junk food and a screen-obsessed “YouTube generation” have led obese children to epidemic levels.
Former City Attorney Mitchell, who trained Hollywood actor Glenn Powell for Top Song: Maverick, said childhood obesity was “like watching a slow-moving car accident.”
He said cheap junk food and kids spending hours and hours staring at the screen of the device instead of playing outside has created a “perfect storm” that is giving them “the worst possible start to life”.
Mr Mitchell said: ‘It’s a very complex issue, but I think we should have zero tolerance for childhood obesity. I see childhood obesity as a version of child abuse.
“We live in what is called the‘ snowflake ’generation.
“Everyone wants to be super awake and give a signal of virtue. And we now have a screaming minority on platforms like Twitter where they celebrate hunting. So no one wants to call him.
“But, basically, if your child is obese and you don’t do anything about it, how is it different for your child to smoke and do nothing about it?”
Speaking to parents, Mitchell, a Yorkshire-born entrepreneur, said: ‘If you allow your 12-year-old to smoke, it will be considered child abuse.
“If your 12-year-old drinks six cans of beer every night, it would be considered child abuse, the authorities would intervene.”
He added Twitter That childhood obesity should be considered the same as a “child that is high or drunk”.
Obese children are more likely to develop serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, premature puberty, eating disorders and liver disease.
The number of children seen by the NHS for problems such as sleep apnea, acid reflux and diabetes associated with fatty food teasing has increased dramatically.
Adults are more likely to be overweight when they have a higher risk of developing problems such as heart disease and stroke.
The government is keen to tackle obesity by unveiling a strategy in the summer of 2020.
He said the Covid epidemic was a wake-up call for the British to be healthy and fitter.
Children in 11 regions of England have been targeted for additional help in moving books – Birking and Dagenham, Brent, Enfield, Hounslow and Waltham Forest, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bradford, Thameside, Sandwell and Kingston.
Mitchell called on the government to consider subsidies for healthy food, higher taxes on junk food and a review of physical education in schools.
He added: “No one wants to bother. But I’m afraid we need to have this tough conversation.
“Netflix puts a trigger alert on its TV shows when people smoke. So if smoking triggers, should there be a trigger alert if you see an obese child on TV? Because this child is sick.
“People are afraid to tell the truth about childhood obesity because they are afraid to be bothered.”
J.His story was originally published in The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.