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.
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: