NCOW 2012 supporters

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard:
"Tackling the issue of children's weight is a growing problem and it's concerning a third of parents are avoiding the issue for fear of lowering their child's self-esteem. Every parent wants the best for their child and although initially it may be a tough conversation to have, the family talking together and working together to find healthier ways of eating will lead to happier and healthier children."

"Good eating habits are passed on from parent to child and at Netmums we have lots of hints and tips for time-pressed parents to prepare quick nutritious dishes. With this survey showing one in five kids worried about their body, we'd urge all parents to work with MEND to check their child's weight is healthy."



Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford:
“I am delighted to be able to support National Childhood Obesity Week. I know how much work MEND does in this area, and I wish everyone involved all the very best.”



Dr Hilary Cass, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:
"There's no hiding from the fact that childhood obesity is a persistent problem in the UK - and overweight children are storing up future health problems.  But we also have to take seriously the fact that many children are under-nourished, or struggle with eating disorders.

"Of course parents play a key role in making sure their children eat a healthy balanced diet - and it's important for children to get into good habits early.  But we need to ensure that this is supported by schools, healthcare professionals and crucially the environment in which we live.

"That means open discussion about diet and exercise between doctors and patients, maintaining nutritional standards for schools meals - and teaching children how to cook -  and looking into responsible advertising of junk food aimed at children.  There is also a part to be played by celebrities and other figures who children look up to in promoting healthy eating.

"If we can get our children eating, choosing and ultimately cooking nutritious food, then we have a much better chance of preventing all sorts of dietary related problems - whether that's being over or under weight."



Dr Helena Johnson, chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy:
"Physiotherapists see the consequences of inactivity in adults every day so recognise how essential it is to form good habits as a child.

"It is important to find activities that children enjoy, whether it is a sport or some other form of exercise, as this increases the likelihood of them staying with it.
"Problems associated with obesity carry a huge cost for society so we strongly support this initiative and hope it will help more children get active and stay healthy."

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