2023 Author: Adelina Croftoon | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 12:05
Lewis Albon from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, he loved sugary sodas and, at 13, weighed 16 stones (101 kilograms) with a height of 175 cm.
True, Lewis's father Stephen Platt says that his son's weight is misinterpreted in the news and that he weighed much less, but admits that his son had a problem with being overweight since childhood.
However, the boy's parents did not sound the alarm. Lewis was very tall for his age and his weight didn't seem like a big problem. In addition, both of them, both father and mother, are also overweight.
Lewis was also quite athletic. He loved to play football, but after every game or workout, he ate a large platter of chicken and salad.
In recent years, his weight began to increase at a rapid rate and Lewis developed asthma. Lewis also became more and more fond of sweet soda. But his father called his son's obesity just "puppy fat", which will go away as he grows up.
That all changed in December 2017, when Lewis's legs began to swell and his mother, Yvette Albon, panicked and brought her son to the hospital. But the doctors told her that Lewis had psoriasis and prescribed pills for him.
However, in March 2018, Lewis became ill again and then he was prescribed antibiotics. And three days later, the boy walked along the path near his house and suddenly fell to the ground and died.
An autopsy showed that the blood clot that had come off was to blame - a blood clot that traveled through his body from the leg to the chest. And that this is most likely the consequences of being overweight, since obese people develop thrombosis much more often than people with normal weight.
Thus, 13-year-old Lewis Albon became the youngest victim of obesity in the UK and another eloquent proof that childhood obesity is a real and very big problem of our time.
However, the boy's parents also disagree with this formulation of the question. According to them, Lewis had a family predisposition to thrombosis, since their relatives also had this in the past and they were not overweight.
One way or another, the UK intends to seriously combat the surplus of sugar in sweets and carbonated drinks. At the beginning of the year, the country introduced a tax on high-sugar soda, and every can should now be labeled with a warning. Similar taxes already exist in Norway, France and Mexico.