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  Kids are 'fatter than ever'
Updated 21 March 2003, 12.09
Children's waistlines are getting bigger
Children are fatter than ever before, a shocking survey's shown.

Over the past 10-20 years, kids' waistlines have been expanding, which can cause health problems.

The study compared the waist measurements of kids now, with young people in the 1970s - and they've definitely got bigger.

Obese

In 1977, just one in 10 boys and girls were overweight.

Fat children can put their health at risk
But by 1997, nearly one in three boys and more than a third of girls were overweight

Just 2-3% of kids were really fat, or 'obese', in 1977, but this has shot up to nearer one in 10 now.

Being fat can lead to problems like diabetes and high cholesterol in later life, researchers warned.

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