Extra £5.5m funding announced to tackle obesity in Wales

More than £5m has been announced to help prevent and reduce obesity in Wales.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething said the extra £5.5m will help support healthy weight projects, sport and leisure for over 60s, and other cross-government projects.

The projects will focus on areas such as improving access to healthy food and drink, weight programmes for pre-school children, and increasing cycling and walking routes.

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

Mr Gething said obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges.

Obesity ranks among the biggest public health challenge we face and I want Wales to be one of the first countries in the world to see a decline in obesity rates.

Vaughan Gething, Health Minister
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four to five-year-olds are now overweight or obese.

Research by Cancer Research Wales found that 20% of adults in Wales are obese, and is the leading cause of three different types of cancer in Wales - bowel, kidney, and ovarian.

Last year an Assembly committee found Wales had one of the lowest levels of physical activity among children and said the country is facing a national crisis in terms of children's health.