The taxpayer could save £1.5 billion if affordable childcare was rolled out to allowed more mothers to go back to work, a report claims.
Laurence Fox was called "disgusting" for leaving his children in the car on their own. Do responsible parents leave their kids in the car?
These reports set out a chronic and larger problem within society affecting us all: The damaging and widely held views about women and sex.
– Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at Nice
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.
The new guidance is intended for health professionals and those who provide specialist weight management services for children.
The guidance stresses it is "important it is to ensure the family and the child or young person recognise and accept that they are overweight or obese.
"Conversely, a lack of recognition or denial that the child or young person is overweight or obese can hinder uptake and adherence to a lifestyle weight management programme."
Many overweight and obese children and young people may have, or come from a family with, a "history of failed attempts to manage their weight", the guidance goes on.
A family's attitudes towards diet, exercise and the amount of time spent being sedentary should all be explored, it added.
More needs to be done to tackle the "obesity timebomb" in children, including identifying families who are in denial about their child's weight, experts say.
New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says parents and children must be encouraged to face up to the fact obesity can lead to health problems in later life.
It says: "Efforts to manage a child or young person's weight are not always supported, and are sometimes undermined, by members of the wider family.
"This is possibly because of a lack of understanding of the aims of lifestyle weight management programmes and the importance of managing the weight of obese or overweight children and young people."
The duration and intensity of the children's daily physical activity levels were measured for periods of between three and seven days, when they were aged 11, using a device called an accelerometer, worn on an elasticated belt.
The accelerometer showed that the average daily number of minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise the 11 year olds clocked up was 29 for boys and 18 for girls.
The children's academic performance in English, maths, and science was then assessed at the ages of 11, 13 and 15 or 16.
The analysis showed that better results across all three subjects was linked to the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity undertaken at the age of 11.
By the age of 15/16 exam results showed an increase in performance for every additional 17 minutes per day boys did and 12 minutes per day that girl spent doing intensive exercise at the age of 11.
The performance of girls in science subjects was particularly high among those who exercised regularly at 11, the report found.
Children who exercise regularly while growing up are more likely to perform better in academic tests when they are older, research suggests.
Moderate to vigorous exercise particularly seems to help girls do better in science, according to a report from the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee.
The exercise and school studies of around 5,000 teenagers, who were part of the 'Children of the 90s' health study, were analysed.
Elaine Hindel, chief executive of the charity Drinkaware, has told Daybreak parents should be aware of setting a poor example to their children by drinking to excess, given that children generally mirror the behaviour of their parents.
A study by Drinkaware has found that 46 percent of 10 to 14-year-olds had seen their parents drunk.
A mother has spoken to Daybreak about how she started drinking after having children, and warned other parents of the dangers of setting a poor example to youngsters.
It comes as a study by the charity Drinkaware found that almost half of 10 to 14-year-olds had seen their parents drunk, while almost a third had seen it more than once.
While setting rules about alcohol and speaking to children about the risks is a positive step, equally important is that parents understand their significant influence as role models and feel confident to set a good example.
– Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware
Children are aware of alcohol from a young age.
Estimates suggest that around one in three children under 16 in the UK live with an adult binge-drinker, and studies show that the odds of a teenager getting drunk double if they have seen their parents drunk - even if only on a few occasions.
Understanding the impact of what parents say as well as what they do is important, as both can shape children's attitudes towards alcohol.
Almost half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, according to a new survey.
Research from the industry-funded charity Drinkaware found 46% had seen their parents drunk, with 29% saying they had seen it on more than one occasion.
The poll of 1,000 parents and their children also found 42% of parents admitting their child had seen them or their partner drunk.
But 72% of parents said they felt very confident talking to their child about drinking and 75% believed they were best placed to do so.
Jim Clifford, chairman of It's All About Me (IAAM) adoption and head of not-for-profit advisory at Baker Tilly, is himself adopted and has adopted nine children with his wife. He said:
Adopting older children is not always easy, as many carry with them the legacy of neglect and trauma in their early years.
However, with the right training and support, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both the parent and the child, and I would encourage anyone with an interest to find out more.
We have had a fantastic response to the IAAM scheme from local authorities so far, many of whom recognise the benefit of working closely with the voluntary adoption sector.