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Warnings over obesity crisis facing Welsh teens

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More than one in three Welsh teenagers are overweight or obese, a new study has found.

Research found that 38% of 14 year olds in Wales are overweight or obese.

This compares to 40% of 14 year olds in Northern Ireland and 35% in both England and Scotland.

Leading children's doctors said the study was further evidence of the "childhood obesity crisis" gripping Britain.

Children who are overweight or obese face an increased risk of many health problems later in life, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Overweight and obesity are also associated with psychological problems such as low self-esteem and depression, and with lower educational attainment.

As members of the millennium generation reach early adolescence, rates of obesity and overweight remain a public health concern.

These findings show that although rates of excess weight have stabilised since age 11, there is still a worryingly high proportion of young people in this generation who are an unhealthy weight.

– Prof Emla Fitzsimons, co-author of the study

The researchers from University College London examined data from more than 10,000 teenagers who were taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study - a study tracking the lives of thousands of young people born at the turn of the century.