More needs to be done to tackle the "obesity timebomb" in children, the health watchdog Nice has warned. New guidance suggests parents of obese children should cut the amount of time their offspring spends watching TV and playing computer games.
Parents should not have to face the challenge of obesity on their own.
Obesity in children and young people is a serious and growing concern.
We are recommending family-based lifestyle programmes are provided which give tailored advice.
These programmes will also support parents to identify changes that can be done at home to tackle obesity - and maintained over the long-term.
Many of them are things we should all be doing anyway, including healthy eating, getting the whole family to be more active and reducing the amount of time spent watching TV and playing computer games.
– Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at Nice