New guidelines for health workers to prevent obesity in children have been provided by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Parents must help children get more active and this should begin by making a record of how much time children spend in front of the television or playing computer games.
Parents should ensure that children reduce their amount of screen time and think of ways to encourage their children lead less sedentary lives.
Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, said 'We are recommending family-based lifestyle programmes are provided which give tailored advice. These programmes will also support parents to identify changes that can be done at home to tackle obesity - and maintained over the long-term. Many of them are things we should all be doing anyway, including healthy eating, getting the whole family to be more active and reducing the amount of time spent watching TV and playing computer games.'