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Has Leeds bucked the national trend in childhood obesity?

Fall in obesity in reception age children following implementation of citywide strategy in 2009

There has been a fall in obesity in reception age children following the implementation of a citywide strategy in 2009

While growing levels of obesity in children in the UK is a major public health concern, there has been a significant fall in obesity in reception age children in Leeds.

In 2009 Leeds implemented a citywide childhood obesity strategy. A core element was a pre-school obesity prevention programme called HENRY, which trained health professionals and early years’ practitioners, as well as delivered sessions for parents, through children’s centres.

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