Unhealthy teens warned of heart problems in their 20s

Health problems caused by poor diet could start in adults as early as their twenties, the chief executive of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned.

Speaking to Daybreak, Simon Gillespie explained how adults in their 20s could find themselves with heart disease or diabetes if they did not eat healthily and exercise regularly in their teens.

The sorts of things that people are accepting as normal now will actually cause significant problems for our children and teenagers later in life.

And maybe not that much later on in life, either - in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. (Someone's) lifestyle provides a number of risk factors which interact in a number of complex ways.

Nevertheless, if you are overweight or obese, if you don't exercise enough, if you don't have a proper diet, if you have too much sugar - all of these things contribute to it.

– Simon Gillespie