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Today Doug and Louay talk about a new study about the levels of child obesity in the UK.

The National Heart Forum has released a study that says the rise in obesity amongst children may be starting to slow down.

It predicts that by the year 2020, the proportion of overweight or obese boys aged between 2-11 will be 30% and not the previously predicted figure of 42%.

For girls, the previously predicted figure was also reduced from 48% to 27%.

This is an encouraging sign as health statistics in the past decade have not been very encouraging.

Currently 1.5 million children in England are considered to be overweight or obese and this leaves them at increased risk of heart diseases.

The lead researcher behind this study, Professor Klim McPherson, said that these figures "present a more positive picture that obesity may be levelling off in children."

He also said that the government needs to keep up the work it is doing to tackle obesity.

Gillian Merron, the Minister for Public Health agreed with Professor McPherson and said that recent government health initiatives have had a positive impact.

But she also said that obesity levels are still too high and there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure that people know the importance of eating and living healthily.

However some people say that unless parents take an active role in helping their children eat the correct foods, children will still eat unhealthily and become obese.

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