The poverty divide: How to tackle childhood obesity in NI
Nearly a quarter of children in Northern Ireland are overweight or obese, according to the latest figures.
Child food poverty is getting worse especially in less well-off areas, experts in the field have said.
A quarter of children in Northern Ireland aged between two and 15 are reported as being overweight.
Some 17% of children in Northern Ireland are overweight with 8% classed as obese, according to the most recent figures from the Department of Health.
On Tuesday, experts met in Belfast for a forum aimed at preventing childhood obesity across the island of Ireland.
Dr Marian O'Reilly, chief specialist in nutrition with Safefood, which organised the forum, said there was a "social divide between the very well-off and the least well-off" with much higher rates of obesity among children from less well-off backgrounds.