1 in 5 children obese

Teesside has unacceptable levels of childhood obesity, according to statistics that show as many as a quarter of children are obese by the time they reach secondary school.

Families across the region are now being encouraged to help their children to try to avoid long-term health problems.

1 in 5 children on Teesside are obese Credit: ITV

Figures showing obesity in 10 to 11 year olds:

  • Hartlepool - 25.9%
  • Middlesbrough - 21.8%
  • Redcar & Cleveland - 18.8%
  • Stockton-on-Tees - 20.7%
  • North East - 21.4%
  • England - 19%

Asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are just some of the longterm health problems that children risk later in life if they don't get into good habits early.

Scott Lloyd, a health improvement specialist from NHS Tees said:

"The rates tend to be slightly higher than the national averages even if they just level off now they are still too high and they will have a detrimental impact on the health of people on Teesside."

– Scott Lloyd, NHS Tees