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Children in UK lag behind international counterparts in healthy development – Nasqhino
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Children in UK lag behind international counterparts in healthy development

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Poor access to nutritious food for UK schoolchildren and adolescents is the reason they are falling behind in healthy development compared with their counterparts in other wealthy nations, public health experts have said.

A global analysis of height and weight records of children aged five to 19 years old found that the UK’s standing slipped between 1985 and 2019, with 19-year-old men falling from 28th to 39th tallest, and women falling from 42nd to 49th.

The study, based on data from 65 million children in 193 countries, revealed a 20cm difference between the tallest and shortest nations, driven by stark differences in childhood nutrition and living conditions, the researchers report.

“The results mean that countries vary enormously in their ability to support their children and adolescents to become a healthy and prosperous generation,” said Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College, London.

“In many countries, children’s potential for healthy growth during school ages is not fulfilled, even in many of the countries where children seem to grow in a healthy way to five years of age,” he added.

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