Meeting to focus on halting rise of overweight children
A summit to discuss healthy eating in the city is to be held this spring after figures showed 35 per cent of children aged 10 and 11 in Leicester are over the recommended weight for their age.
Deputy city mayor Councillor Rory Palmer has called the summit in response to rising levels of child obesity.
Coun Palmer, who leads on public health at the city council, will call together the food industry, market traders and smaller shops, health officials and others to discuss what more can be done to encourage people to eat healthier diets.
It comes as the Government yesterday launched a new healthy eating campaign as part of its Change4Life programme.
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Coun Palmer said: "It is clear policy-makers at all levels need to be doing more. Levels of salt, sugar and fats in some foods are too high and we need to address the fact many of these products are aimed at children.
"The summit will discuss what can be done in Leicester to make sure we are doing everything that can be done to reduce levels of childhood obesity.
"We have some big food manufacturers and I hope they will take part in these discussions.
"If this isn't addressed we will see levels of poor health increase."