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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 27 December 2007
An overweight family (back view)

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Childhood Obesity

With the New Year approaching, it’s time to make those resolutions. But if you're one of the many who has tried to lose weight, you’ll know how hard it can be.

For children it can be particularly tough. Often excluded from games and teased in the playground, finding the confidence and motivation to tackle the problem can be a challenge in itself.

In this week’s special edition of Check Up, Barbara Myers visits the Fulham branch of MEND, a national family-based programme designed to combat childhood obesity.

It combines ‘Mind’, ‘Exercise’ and ‘Nutrition’, to help overweight and obese children to lose weight.

Her guest this week is Paul Sacher, Paediatric Dietician at Great Ormond Street, and a pioneer of the MEND programme. He’ll be taking questions from both children and their parents, and offering advice to help the children manage their weight.

Obesity is now one of the world’s largest health and social problems. If current trends continue unabated, at least a third of adults, a fifth of boys and a third of girls will be obese by 2020. It’s predicted that many of these children will go on to become obese adults.

That’s why it’s crucial to target children as a separate group.

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