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Tackling childhood obesity in Lincolnshire schools

With more and more children becoming obese across Lincolnshire, special classes are now being held to try and tackle the problem.

East Lindsey District Council is working with the NHS in schools, to teach parents and their children how they can improve their lifestyles. Obesity is rising by one percent year on year across the county, with the East Coast particularly badly affected. Kate Hemingway reports:

Council: We need families to understand the basics

With the alarming rise in childhood obesity, not just in Lincolnshire, but also across the UK, it is more important than ever that we help families to better understand real basics when it comes to exercise and nutrition, and also the reasons why everyone needs to stay active and eat fruit and vegetables.

– DAVID CLARK, EAST LINCOLNSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Families offered fitness classes to tackle childhood obesity

A plate of unhealthy food being discouraged by the classes Credit: PA

Families in Lincolnshire - where childhood obesity is above the national average - will be offered ten-week courses to tackle the problem.

East Lindsey District Council will hold fitness and healthy eating lessons.

A report published earlier this month showed more than a quarter of children in Lincolnshire aged between 4 and 5, are now classed as overweight or obese.

The problem is also slightly more prevalent in boys than girls.