Shocking obesity figures prompt lifestyle initiative

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:11 17 June 2010

SHOCKING figures for obesity has prompted Devon Primary Care Trust to launch an initiative encouraging Sidmouth families to improve their health. People can now sign up to Change4Life, a new lifestyle revolution, launched on Friday. It aims to get every f

SHOCKING figures for obesity has prompted Devon Primary Care Trust to launch an initiative encouraging Sidmouth families to improve their health.

People can now sign up to Change4Life, a new lifestyle revolution, launched on Friday.

It aims to get every family to eat well, move more and live longer, in order to halt the rising tide of obesity.

Recent figures from the Department of Health showed that 14.2 per cent of children in Devon are obese.

Experts say that without any intervention around 90 per cent of today's children will be overweight or obese and at risk from serious diseases by 2050.

Dr Virginia Pearson, director of public health for Devon Primary Care Trust, said: "Obesity is an increasing problem, not just nationally, but also here in Devon where around 14 per cent of 11 year old children are now considered obese. This is bad news for their future health.

"This is a serious problem that we all need to face up to, and I would encourage all families to sign up to Change4Life and get help and advice on ways to eat better and be more active to ensure they keep their weight under control."

Change4Life aims to help families to understand the harm that fat can cause to their children's health. It warns that a bad diet and inactive lifestyle can lead to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

To register with the initiative and to receive advice call 0300 1234567.

More information on the campaign and details of activities and facilities available locally can be found at www.nhs.uk/change4life.


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