Fukushima Kids Fatter as Radiation Fears Cut Exercise


AFP
December 25, 2012

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year’s nuclear disaster, a Japanese government report said Tuesday.

The education ministry said it had surveyed the heights and weights of about 700,000 children, aged between five and 17, at schools and kindergartens across the country this year.

It compared the number of obese children, defined as weighing at least 20 percent more than the average for their age and height, among the 47 prefectures.

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