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LighterLife: National Childhood Obesity Week

July 5, 2012 - News

Here at LighterLife we recently carried out an important study which revealed that half of the UKs teenagers have body image and weight concerns – and worryingly, these concerns start from as early as the age of six.

The survey revealed that half of British consumers are conscious of their weight before the age of 21 (52.3 per cent), with a shocking 13 per cent saying they first put their body under scrutiny when they were still at primary school.

These shocking results are the reason why we are helping the social enterprise MEND to celebrate National Childhood Obesity Week this week, and raise awareness of the topic of obesity with the goal of tackling the taboo subject of weight between parents and children.

MEND, which stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition….Do it!, is running Move It Week.  An initiative to encourage families to spend time being active together, sharing their expert knowledge to empower children and adults to become healthier, fitter and happier.

The event is taking place until the 8th July and will see MEND participants and graduates take part in a range of physical activities at events across the UK – giving families the chance to get active and be inspired by food, dance, sport and other physical activities from around the world!

To find out how you can become involved and to read more on the initiative, be sure to visit the MEND website. Why not also join in the community discussion on the LighterLife Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other supporters of the initiative are netmums, The RCPCH, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.