Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. But obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and are also more likely to become obese adults.
So now groundbreaking work in Brighton & Hove is helping children stay within recommended weight levels, and the city is bucking the national trend. Charlotte Wilkins has the story.
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 go to [http://www.bhfood.org.uk/
Swale and Medway are both trying to tackle the problems of obesity. As a percentage of the population, they have the third and fourth highest numbers of overweight people in England. Around one in three people living there are overweight.
Now a charity in Kent is calling on people to swap their knife and fork, with a spade and fork, and get digging on an allotment and start growing their own fruit and veg. It's aiming to help hundreds of people lose weight. Nashreen Issa reports.
Click video: In some areas of Kent and Medway, almost one in three people are classified as being obese. The county's director of public health has vowed to tackle the problem head-on. Meradin Peachey says she wants to make it easier for people to make better lifestyle choices.
Forget worrying about your Body Mass Index - measuring your waistline may be a better way to tell if you're a healthy weight - according to a new study. Nutritionist Margaret Ashwell from Oxford Brookes University has found that your waistline should be less than half your height.