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Report: 10-year-old boy's inspiring weight loss journey

In the final part of our series on child obesity, our Health Correspondent Stacey Foster has been to meet a 10-year-old boy who's using his own weight loss journey to inspire others to get fit and healthy.

Being drawn back in to an unhealthy lifestyle is not something Harrison Wright ever wants to happen again.

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Report: More children across the Midlands living with diabetes

A diabetes consultant from Birmingham Children's Hospital is warning that more children across the Midlands will be forced to live with Type 2 diabetes, if we don't reduce the number of obese youngsters now.

Professor Timothy Barrett says he is seeing an increasing number of younger patients who have Type 2 diabetes which is linked to an unhealthy lifestyle. In the second part of our series on Child Obesity, our Health Correspondent Stacey Foster has been to meet Professor Barrett and one of his patients.

Report: One third of 11-year-olds in East Midlands are overweight

Childhood obesity rates are soaring across the East Midlands.

Around a third of Year Six children in the region leave primary school overweight.

The Government was supposed to unveil its obesity strategy this month - but that's now been delayed until the summer.

Our Health Correspondent Stacey Foster has the first in our special series focusing on the issue of obesity in children.

Report: West Midlands children among 'fattest in country'

Children living in the West Midlands are among the fattest in the country.

More than a third of ten and eleven year old's here leave primary school classed as overweight.

The Government was supposed to unveil its obesity strategy this month - but that's now been delayed until the summer.

Our Health Correspondent Stacey Foster has the first in our special series focusing on the issue of obesity in children.

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24 under-18s have had bariatric surgery since 2013

Childhood obesity has led to some under-18s having surgery. Credit: ITV News

An ITV News investigation has found that 24 children under 18 have had bariatric surgery since 2013.

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was the age of the youngest person to have the surgery

The Freedom of Information disclosures were made after every hospital trust that offers paediatric bariatric surgery in England.

Consultant pediatrician Dr Simon Chapman told ITV News he is now seeing the "kinds of problems that were thought to have been characteristics of obesity in adults in the past".

Type 2 diabetes has an average onset age in the UK of 40 years of age. To be able to see it now in children is quite astonishing. And that in the large part is because of obesity.

– Consultant pediatrician Dr Simon Chapman
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