Obesity week: Almost 10% of four to five-year-olds are obese

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A doctor has warned that obese children are developing life-threatening illnesses as a result of government inaction to tackle the obesity problem.

Statistics from the National Child Measurement Programme show that almost 10% of four to five-year-olds in England are obese.

Dr William Bird MBE, criticised the government’s strategy, saying it is needed on a much greater scale to bring change.

He introduced a game called ‘Beat the Street’ which is a game involving children and adults tapping in with a fob at various beat boxes located around a town to gain points.

These then add up to win prizes.

It has now been rolled out in towns and cities across England.

He told Sky News: “It’s all about making the activity a means to something better, to make people think about what is on their doorstep.

We need to do something on a scale not being done at the moment.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “With preventable illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease on the rise, and one in three children leaving primary school overweight or obese, our personal responsibility to keep ourselves and our families healthy is more important than ever.”

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