Obesity affects nearly a quarter of town’s children

File photo dated 12/05/08 of an obese person in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 03, 2009. Parents' fears about letting their children out to play is fuelling Britain's childhood obesity problem, research found today. The poll of more than 2,000 adults found that many parents believe that too much television and time spent on the computer together with a lack of healthy food is compounding the problem. See PA story HEALTH Obesity. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/05/08 of an obese person in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 03, 2009. Parents' fears about letting their children out to play is fuelling Britain's childhood obesity problem, research found today. The poll of more than 2,000 adults found that many parents believe that too much television and time spent on the computer together with a lack of healthy food is compounding the problem. See PA story HEALTH Obesity. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
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Almost a quarter of four to five year olds and one in three 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese in Eastbourne.

The town’s children are being encouraged to get exercising this summer in a bid to drive down soaring obesity rates.

A total of 23 per cent of four to five-year-olds in the town and 32 per cent of ten to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese and less than half (47 per cent) take part in three hours or more of exercise each week.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex County Council’s director of public health, said, “Obesity can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

“We want to make sure that local children have the best possible start in life, and getting the right amount of exercise is a significant contributor to this.”

Cllr Keith Glazier said, “These are worrying figures that need to be addressed.

“Not only are there serious health issues associated with obesity but it could be costing the East Sussex economy as much as £70million a year.

“We want to buck the trend by encouraging as many children as possible to get involved in some of the activities available in East Sussex and start leading more active lives.”

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and 10 per cent of all cancer deaths among non-smokers are related to obesity.

To find out about local events and groups that can help you lead a healthy lifestyle visit www.eastsussex1space.co.uk

Details of events and groups can also be found at www.healthyeastbourne.org.uk