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Calls to reduce childhood obesity

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Leading health organisations have launched a charter calling on the government to announce plans to tackle childhood obesity.

The British Heart Foundation, the National Obesity Forum, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, were among those signing up to the Action on Childhood Obesity Charter.

It calls on ministers to set a more ambitious target for reducing childhood obesity than that put in place by the previous government, which was to cut childhood obesity prevalence to the level in the year 2000 - 27 per cent - by 2020.

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  • Whatever action is taken it involves lifestyle changes at the personal and community level.

    Food is an emotional and personal subject, and many parents find it difficult to accept or realise that their child is obese.

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