32% of children in Yorkshire and the Humber, and 25% of young people in Lincolnshire are living in poverty, according to Save the Children.
Sheffield is in the top ten places in the country for rising numbers of obese children, according to new research.
It has been revealed children in Yorkshire spend more than 50 days a year in front of a screen, playing on videogames or watching TV.
Researchers warn a study which shows more than 18,000 children took up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in 2011 should be seen as a child protection issue.
The researchers based their analysis on data taken from the 2011 'Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England' survey, which targets schoolchildren in England between the ages of 11 and 15 every year.
Questionnaires were completed by 6519 children in 219 schools.
– Report authors
"Smoking is among the largest causes of preventable deaths worldwide. The present data should help to raise awareness of childhood smoking and to focus attention on the need to address this important child protection issue."
A survey published today reveals shocking numbers of children taking up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.
In 2011, more than 18,683 eleven to fifteen-year-olds took up the habit - or 51 children per day. It's thought the figures could be on the increase this year.
Taking up smoking at a young age is an even greater risk to health than starting later in life, experts say. People who start smoking before the age of 15 run a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who take up the habit later on.
Hundreds of youngsters who are fighting cancer got the chance to be sports superstars for a day as they headed to Sheffield's Institute for Sport, to try everything from cheerleading to judo.
The idea is to keep them fit and active, even though many are undergoing often exhausting treatment at Sheffield's Children's Hospital. But as Martin Fisher found out they were keen to take up the challenge.
An appeal which has already raised over a million pounds for sick children in Leeds is celebrating its third birthday. The Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal will be throwing a party at the LGI later today.
An outdoor play area for young cancer patients opens at Leeds General Infirmary. Four-year-old Alfie Connor cut the ribbon - his family helped to raise some of the three hundred thousand pounds needed to build it.
A major report aimed at keeping children safe in Islamic faith institutions has been launched in Bradford.The police and the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Children are among those represented at a conference at Bradford City Hall.
Sheffield City Council is backing plans to rebuild two primary schools. Fox Hill Primary on Powey Road will be rebuilt on the same site as the existing school. The old school will then be demolished.
Prince Edward Primary School, on City Road, will also be rebuilt on part of the existing school site and part of a cleared Council housing site. The future of the cleared site will be discussed at a later date.
Pupils will be able to continue with their studies in both cases and will have minimal disruption while work is carried out. All staff will retain their jobs as well.
– Councillor Jackie Drayton
"It is great to be able to rebuild these two schools that need lots of improvements. Research has shown a good educational environment improves educational attainment and behaviour."
Children and young people in south Leeds will benefit from a range of new and exciting initiatives including cooking classes, dance classes, bike maintenance and training for young junior reporters as part of £100,000 that has been invested by the area committee.
Submissions were invited from the area committee as to what would best benefit the area, and over £300,000 of submissions were made. Out of these submissions, 13 projects have been approved, all of which will be put in place by 1st April.
– Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee,
“We’re really excited about the range of activities for young people that we’ve agreed to fund for 2013/14.
“ Many of the projects will be delivered by organisations that we haven’t funded before or from organisations that have proposed new and innovative opportunities for young people in the area”.
Riley Turner's family have thanked those who have supported them following the four-year-old's death last week. He was found at his home in Keighley on January 20.
Releasing a picture of Riley for the first time, the family said: “We would like to thank members of the Keighley community for their support and kind wishes.
“Riley was a bubbly, happy child and loved dearly by his family.”
32-year-old Anwar Rosser was arrested and has since been charged with his murder. He will appear at Bradford Crown Court in April for a plea hearing.
A charity's been launched in Bradford to buy new medical equipment, as well as home comforts, for children's hospital wards.
And the Bradford Hospitals Children's Charity is gearing up for it's first real challenge - a one hundred and seventy mile bike ride from Morecambe to Bridlington. Victoria Whittam reports.