The answer has to be more affordable local markets

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Sixty per cent of adults and 25 per cent of five-year-olds in Portsmouth are overweight or obese. These families don’t need more advice, they need a change in infrastructure.

A Professor Sanders of Kings College, London, reports that despite a 50 per cent drop in fat consumption in Britain in the past 10 years due to health advice, obesity rates are rising. The demonisation of animal fats has been a red herring. Brits need to eat less heavily-processed convenience food and more fresh produce.

As long as we expect mums without cars to push buggies for miles along motorways to the nearest supermarket, obesity will prevail. Portsmouth needs more affordable local markets because the best health advice on food is a good sod of farmer’s soil.