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Spoilt Rotten?

From obesity to alcohol misuse, from rotting baby teeth to hearing problems caused by passive smoking - Britain's largest children's hospital is treating younger and younger children for health problems which are ultimately preventable. Many are the result of kids' lifestyles and are, according to the experts, causing them unnecessary suffering.

Five-year-old Kaitlyn is having nearly half her teeth extracted because she's been consuming half a mug of tomato ketchup every day, 13-year-old Macaulay has been drinking half a bottle of vodka every Friday night, while five-year-old Leon weighs the same as an average 17-year-old.

With unprecedented access to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, Panorama meets the kids and the paediatricians treating them, and follows them home in an attempt to uncover the root cause of their problems. Reporter Richard Bilton soon discovers that some of the basic health messages from the doctors are not getting through to the parents.

The experts' forecast for our children is bleak: this generation is in danger of being the first to die before their parents- and all because of the way we live.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 23 Apr 2010 01:05


Role Contributor
ReporterRichard Bilton
ProducerJanice Finch
Executive ProducerAllen Jewhurst
Executive ProducerSteve Boulton