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Obese kids 'should watch less TV'

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.

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Obese teens 'likely to remain overweight as adults'

Data in a report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence shows:

  • Children with at least one obese parent are more likely to become obese themselves
  • Up to 79% of children who are obese in their early teens are also likely to remain obese as adults, putting them at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • In 2011 in England, around 30% of boys and girls aged two to 15 were either overweight or obese
  • In the 2011/2012 school year, around 23% of children in reception and 34% in year 6 were either overweight or obese

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