Public Health England in the South West says childhood obesity is 'becoming an epidemic' with the problem starting earlier. There are now worrying levels of overweight children when they begin school.
Many councils believe after school clubs are the answer to tacking this growing health crisis. Meanwhile, one nursery in Taunton says it's determined these children will leave here with hopefully a lifelong love of nutritious food.
Here in the West around a fifth of children heading to reception are classed as obese. And by the time they leave primary school, nearly a third of 10 to 11 year olds are deemed overweight or obese.
Justine Womack from Public Health England South West explains why childhood obesity in our region has reached epidemic proportions.
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