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Figures show high numbers of North West children are overweight

The figures suggest more than a third of 10 to 11 year olds in North West England are overweight or obese. Credit: PA

Figures out this morning suggest that more than a third of 10 to 11 year olds in North West England are overweight or obese.

Just under a quarter of 4 to 5 year olds are also overweight.

A campaign called Change 4 Life is being launched today, encouraging children to reduce their intake of sugar.

GP's to 'prescribe' exercise in Eden.

A scheme to help GP's 'prescribe' exercise will be launched in the Cumbrian district of Eden.

The project, already running in Carlisle and Allerdale, hopes to improve the health of people across the county.

Exercise on Referral provides a 15 week programme for patients with conditions such as diabetes, respiratory diseases and obesity.