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County health chief plans new campaign on weight

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

Cumbria's director of public health, Colin Cox, says a rise in the number of overweight children arriving in reception classes at the county's nursery schools must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Mr Cox says between a quarter and a third of five-year-old children are estimated to be overweight or obese in Cumbria, the highest proportion of any county in England.

We have to be acting to turn that round at an early stage because an overweight five year old is very likely to be an overweight 15-year-old, is very likely to be an overweight 55-year-old."

Colin Cox

McDonald's criticises schools takeaway ban plan

Local Democracy Reporting Service

George Makin

Fast food giant McDonald's has objected to a council proposal to ban takeaways and fast food shops from being built near schools.

Wolverhampton City Council has launched a consultation into the idea of changing planning rules to prevent the outlets appearing within 400m (1310 ft) of schools in the city.

McDonald's in Wolverhampton
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The authority claims the "density" of takeaways is linked to childhood obesity.

But in its response, McDonald's claims there are studies showing newsagents are as influential on obesity and a lack of evidence to show the link between fast food, school proximity, and obesity.

The council's Health Scrutiny Panel's due to examine the responses next week.

Bloggers Grace Victory, Steph Yeboah and Bethany Rutter on embracing their bodies.
Bloggers Grace Victory, Steph Yeboah and Bethany Rutter on embracing their bodies.