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The role of the school nurse in tackling childhood obesity.

Obesity has been described as a national epidemic with the prevalence of obesity and overweight children of all ages increasing (NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 2002). The published findings last week of the Health Select Committee’s report on obesity (Health Select Committee, 2004) made bleak reading for all health professionals involved in health education and health promotion, and has highlighted the seriousness of the problem.

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