All food and drink except water
If you eat more calories that you need then those
calories aren't used the body stores it as fat. If you eat loads of extra calories, like a big chocolate
bar, you should try and do some exercise to wear off
that energy before it turns to fat.
How does it affect your health?
Being obese can be very dangerous to your
health and doctors say that if you're overweight
as a child you're likely to be overweight as an adult. It's linked to heart disease, cancer, strokes,
high blood pressure and weak bones. It can also lead to emotional problems
like being bullied and feeling down
What's being done about the problem?
Experts say you should enjoy your food but be careful
about what you eat and remember to keep active. The government is trying to work out how
to let you know what's in your food. They may decide that food like burgers and chips should
be served up with a warning that you should balance
your meal with exercise - just like cigarettes have health
warnings on them. Popstars and sport stars may be banned from advertising
fast food and high fat, high sugar snacks and drinks. And some vending machines in schools have already been
emptied and replaced with healthier options.
Cooking lessons could also be included in your day, to help
you learn how to prepare food that's good for you.