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Parents underestimate children's weight

Weighing scales Credit: PA

Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health suggests that many parents with obese children may not recognise that their child is overweight, unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity.

The study claims parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if the child was male or if they were black or south Asian, or from more deprived backgrounds.

The researchers explained that parents' underestimations may be caused by a fear of being judged or an unwillingness to label a child as overweight.

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Comedian to support hospital charity walk

Tim Vine, pictured in December last year Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

The fifth annual Marsden March from Chelsea to Sutton is taking place today in support of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Comedian Tim Vine is one of the celebrities supporting this year's fundraiser - he'll be at King George Playing Fields to cheer on walkers.

Participants are being sponsored to do a 14-mile or five-mile walk taking place to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

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