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A Devon MP has called for schools to do more to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. Dr Sarah Wollaston wants youngsters weighed every year to ensure schools can pick up on any unexpected increase in their size.
One in five children are currently classed as overweight when they start primary school in Devon and Cornwall - and one in three when they leave. Francesca Carpenter reports:
Low-income children were more at risk of obesity than their peers, dubbing it "a very important cause of health inequality, according to a GP turned MP.
The chair of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston told Good Morning Britain 12% of children from the most deprived backgrounds were obese when they started primary school, where as "24% being obese," by the time they finished primary school.
Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has called for children to be weighed at school to help prevent obesity.
Dr Sarah Wollaston said it was wrong primary pupils were only weighed in reception class and year six.
Instead, they should be put on the scales every academic year so their weight and health can be monitored.
She also called on food companies to charge more for fizzy drinks, as they were laden with sugar and could push children into obesity.
Without urgent action the health service will struggle to cope with the raft of long-term conditions coming down the track, she said.