A new Public Health Wales Programme is being launched to improve the health and wellbeing of children.
The scheme, Every Child Wales has been set up after a survey revealed that parents don't always recognise when their child is overweight.
Four percent of parents with children aged 4 to 5 described their child as being overweight for their weight and height, however the Child Measurement Programme found that, actually, 26% of children aged 4-5 are overweight or obese in Wales.
The new programme, Every Child Wales, plans to bring together information and advice to support parents in giving children a healthier start in life.
A child who is overweight at 5 years old is more likely to be obese by 8 years old and could develop more long term health problems like Asthma and Type 2 diabetes.
Every Child Wales will help parents improve their child's health.
- Cutting down on sugary drinks
- Getting enough sleep
- Amount of screen time children have (watching TV, playing games)
Director of Health Improvement for Public Health Wales, which Dr Julie Bishop said that if a child spends their early years healthy and happy, they are more likely to grow in healthy adults.
Every Child Wales is the first stage of a long term programme to increase the number of children starting school at a healthy weight.