More kids becoming obese - study

Children are becoming obese as their parents are feeding them quick and easy meals.

Children are becoming obese as their parents are feeding them quick and easy meals.

CAPE TOWN - An American research scientist says more children are developing diabetes and becoming obese as their parents are feeding them quick and easy meals.

Professor Donald McNamara is presenting various lectures in South Africa on the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy and childhood.

McNamara says kids living in cities, worldwide, have the tendency to eat too many high calorie foods with low nutritional values.

"Children eat a lot of calories but don't necessarily get a lot of good nutrition. Parents have to some extent given in to the easy road which is to let the child eat what they want rather than what the parent thinks they should be eating."

According to a study released in 2012, most obese people are in denial.

The study showed around 78 percent of obese and 52 percent of morbidly obese people in South Africa consider themselves to be healthy.

At the same time, obesity is a global issue.

About 2.2 billion people are overweight around the world and 500 million are considered to be obese.