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Childhood obesity in the West has 'reached epidemic proportions'

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Public Health England in the South West is warning that childhood obesity in our region has reached epidemic proportions. According to its National Childhood Measurement Programme there are more than a thousand overweight 4 to 5 year olds in Bristol alone - the worst area in the West for that age group. This figure is the highest it's been for three years.

22 %
of children in the West heading to reception are classed as obese
30%
of 10 to 11 year olds are deemed overweight or obese by the time they leave Primary School

Justine Womack, from Public Health England in the South West has this warning:

ITV West Country has been to film with a mum who is trying to change her family's lifestyle and in turn weight.

Eden Hoddinott-Thaws who lives in Bristol has a BMI of 26.1 Credit: ITV News

Her daughter, Eden Hoddinott-Thaws who lives in Bristol, has a BMI of 26.1. For a child her age it should be anywhere between 14 and 17.8.

Since January she's been attending a special council-run group aimed at educating both parents and their children to make healthier choices.

For more on this exclusive story, watch ITV West Country tonight at 6pm.

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