A recent study undertaken by Growing up in Ireland has shown that over 50% of overweight 13 years olds make an effort to lose weight. Many are already dieting at a young age while others are exercising in a bid to shed the pounds.
Eight and a half thousand children took part in the survey with results showing that twenty percent were overweight while six percent were considered obese. The participants had taken part in interviews four years earlier.
Seventy eight percent of the obese children were either exercising or dieting which shows that the problem is being taken seriously. The study showed that over 50% of those found to be obese at 13 were also overweight at 9 years old.