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By the numbers: The child obesity epidemic

As the government launches a new strategy in an effort to cut obesity among children, TES takes a look at the latest figures showing how obesity levels vary between different regions

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The government’s new childhood obesity plan, which was unveiled last week, has been criticised by health experts as not going far enough to tackle society’s growing problem with the issue.

The plan involves a levy on soft drinks, and calls on primary schools to offer pupils at least half an hour of daily physical activity. A new “healthy schools rating scheme” will also be introduced as a component of school inspections.

However, critics say the plan will not adequately safeguard children from food and drink products with high sugar content, such as fizzy drinks and sweets. Last year almost a ...

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