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THE councillor in charge of health in Hampshire wants parents to realise the importance of recognising if their child is overweight.

A national report has revealed a third of children are overweight or obese and more three quarters of parents do not recognise weight problems in their children, according to England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care and public health at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘It’s important that we help parents to recognise the signs of their children being overweight and empower the whole family to become fitter, healthier and happier through a greater understanding of food and activity.’

The MEND programme – Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It – has been commissioned by the council to help families lead healthy lives through taking up fun activities.

It is a free, 10-week programme for families with children aged five to seven or seven to 13 years old.