Video. Health experts say that childhood obesity is set to be one of the most serious global public health challenges for this century. Obese children are also at an increased risk of developing various medical problems, and more likely to become overweight in adulthood.
But now groundbreaking work in Brighton, is helping kids stay within recommended weight levels, with the region already bucking the national trend.
Charlotte Wilkins has the story and spoke to Lucy Hockley and her daughter Millie, as well as Lauren McCormack, who is a Health Promotion Dietician.
The next, free, Family Shape Up programme starts on Thursday 23rd January, 5.30 - 7pm.
Sessions run every Thursday for 12 weeks. There's a taster session on Thursday 16th January from 5.30 - 6.30pm at the Brighthelm centre, North Road, Brighton.
For more information visit the Family Shape-Up website.
One in three children and young people are overweight or obese according to a new study from Oxford University and the British Heart Foundation.
The researchers said that children who skip meals, drink too many fizzy drinks and watch too much television are storing up future health problems including diabetes and heart disease.