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Quarter of children overweight in Northern Ireland

A quarter of Northern Ireland's children are overweight or obese.
A quarter of Northern Ireland's children are overweight or obese.

Experts are to meet in Belfast on Tuesday to discuss the obesity crisis affecting Northern Ireland's children.

Figures from the Department of Health estimate that 17% of children aged between 2 and 15-years-old living in Northern Ireland are overweight, while 8% are obese.

Experts from the UK, Ireland and Europe are to meet at the Ulster Museum as part of the All Island Obesity Action Forum.

They will attempt to come up with solutions to tackle obesity in children.

UTV has reported that UK-based child food poverty policy expert Lindsay Graham is set to explore the relationship between household income and childhood obesity, along with the stereotypes surrounding the issue.

Speakers will also discuss the rights of a child to safe, healthy die and regular physical exercise.

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