With childhood obesity on the rise, we look at the research behind the headlines, what can be done to reverse the trend, and the Government's obesity strategy.

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Join the fight against fat

With the Government’s obesity strategy leaving much to be desired, early years managers may have to take the matter into their own hands, reports Hannah Crown


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Taking action

In the final part of her series on the London Borough of Newham and Early Education’s 20-provider-strong Outdoors and Active programme, Julie Mountain rounds up...


Children in UK 'less active' than rest of the world

New research, which ranks 38 countries for children’s physical activity, places England, Scotland and Wales among the worst.


New screen time guidelines for early years children

A policy statement released by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recommends further reductions in the amount of time infants, toddlers and pre-school age...


Does sleep deprivation make children fatter?

Young children could be at greater risk of obesity if they do not get enough sleep, a study suggests.


A Unique Child: Health & Nutrition - Brains and bodies

The right fats and oils are essential components of a healthy diet, explains Mary Llewellin


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - Your move

In the first of a four-part series on Newham’s project exploring movement in twos and threes, Julie Mountain introduces its key aims and methods


New resources aim to cut obesity in primary school

Reception class teachers will receive new resources from Change4Life aimed at cutting the number of children who leave primary school overweight or obese.


How to support children to be confident about the way they look

We need to challenge young children's anxieties about body image, says nursery manager Kayleigh Hollingsworth


Most school packed lunches fail nutritional standards

Less than 2 per cent of primary school children’s packed lunches meet standards for school meals, new research suggests.

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