Britain's kids are the fattest in Europe and set for a lifetime of ill health, damning study reveals

They also have the highest death rate from asthma, an international study has found.

And when it comes to exercise, only Portugal has more young couch potatoes.

The analysis by the Nuffield Trust and the Association for Young People’s Health found that the UK’s under-25s are getting unhealthier despite more of them not taking up cigarettes and booze.

One in five has a chronic health condition such as diabetes.

And 8.1 per cent of 15 to 19-year-olds are obese.

Louise Meincke at the World Cancer Research Fund said: “Children who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults, and this increases their risk of 12 cancers and other conditions.”

Nuffield Trust chief exec Nigel Edwards said: “Young people are holding up their side of the bargain, with more of them choosing to smoke and drink less, yet our health system seems to be getting something badly wrong.”

But Jacqueline Cornish from NHS England said: “The NHS Long Term Plan delivers a new, dedicated programme for young people’s health.”

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