All the evidence shows that nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Obesity rates are highest for children from the most deprived areas and the situation is getting worse. Why is this happening?
Experts believe there are many different causes. According to the NHS, obesity is generally caused by eating too much and moving too little. But other factors can come into play such as genetics and medical reasons.
When the public was asked what they felt caused childhood obesity, a YouGov representative poll of over 1200 people gave the following three issues as the key contributors to childhood obesity.