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:
– Scott Lloyd, NHS Tees
"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."