Report BBC News Monday, 22 October 2007
Obesity is linked to a number of health problems
Parents in England may be warned if their children are found to be overweight, under government proposals
Children in England are currently measured at the ages of five and 10, but parents are informed of the results only if they request them.
The new plan may see parents getting results automatically.
The Department of Health said ministers were prepared to go further and faster in the fight against childhood obesity, but no firm decisions had been made.
Between a quarter and a third of children are thought to be overweight, and doctors fear there will be an epidemic of poor health related to obesity in coming decades.
The most success you can possibly have is being vigilant in both what you're eating and how much of it you are eating says Dr Terry Dovey
An obese person dies on average nine years earlier than somebody of normal weight, while a very obese person's life is cut short by an average of 13 years.
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