Focus on Obesity - South West

Public health officials are warning that childhood obesity in the South West has reached epidemic proportions - with a fifth of youngsters entering primary school now classed as obese.

That figure gets higher as children get older - by the time they leave primary school nearly a third of 10 and 11 year olds are deemed to be overweight

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'A single can of fizzy has more than your recommended daily intake of sugar'

When fizz is not all froth but a dangerous contributor to the country's obesity epidemic Credit: ITV News

Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has long campaigned for the introduction of a sugar tax. It could mean the Government puts seven or eight pence on the price of a can of cola and uses the money for sporting activities or breakfast clubs or perhaps getting supermarkets to reduce the price of healthy options.

In an interview with ITV News, the former GP points out that you can consume your entire recommended daily allowance of sugar with just one can of fizzy pop.

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