VIDEO: Your shout

WITH recent figures showing that almost one in four youngsters are either overweight or obese before they leave school, we asked your views on the problem...

ANIELLE Robinson, 25, a children’s entertainer from Clavering said: “Children are having more fast food and less exercise. It’s easier to take them to McDonald’s than cook a meal. I know if I’m busy at work it’s easier to just grab something if I haven’t got time to sort a proper dinner. Maybe the answer is an extra PE lesson.”

Your Shout on childhood obesity: Danielle Robinson.

Your Shout on childhood obesity: Danielle Robinson.

SUE Hart, 55, a housewife from West View, said: “Kids eat a lot of junk food, like burgers, chips and pizza, whereas years ago our parents used to cook fresh for us and I don’t think kids get that now. I think the answer lies with the parents. Schools are trying to do their best with healthy meals but the parents need to cut the junk food out.”

SARAH Kerr, 38, a processing manager from the Oxford Road area, said: “I think it’s just ignorance on the parents’ part. Fast foods are so much easier nowadays. Children don’t have a choice, the parents have to make the choices for them. I think there’s enough sport out there and the council do a lot but parents are too lazy.”

JESSICA Campbell, 37, an NHS podiatry technician from the Grange Road area, said: “I think it’s the parents who are at fault and the answer is to re-educate the parents, but the problem is whether their parents educated them. It’s something we’ve fallen into over the generations. It’s a combinational of a lot of things.”