[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 30 September, 2004, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Classes start for obese children
Burger
The sessions offer advice on changing bad food habits.
An NHS drop-in centre for children battling with weight problems is being tested in Nottinghamshire.

Dieticians and nurses will be on hand at the weekly sessions in Kirkby-in-Ashfield to offer advice to parents and teenagers on better food habits.

The scheme aims to help them reduce weight by providing information about a healthy balanced diet.

Childhood obesity is on the increase in the UK with 20% of children considered to be overweight.

Balanced diet

The pilot scheme - called Food & Fitness 4 Fat Loss - will be run by Ashfield and Mansfield District Primary Care Trust (PCT) in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on Wednesday afternoons.

If successful, it will be rolled out to other parts of the district.

Lynn Hagin, a chief dietician for the trust based at Kings Mill Hospital in Ashfield, said: "Children, teenagers and parents of overweight children will be given the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have with their weight and/or fitness.

"Advice will be given on how to eat in accordance with the balance of good health to encourage children to become a healthy weight for their height."


SEE ALSO:
Parents' healthy food confusion
28 Sep 04  |  Health
Task force aims to fight the fat
25 Aug 04  |  Nottinghamshire


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific