And Finally... Fat families to be given lessons on how to shop for food in supermarkets
GETTING obese families to ditch junk food is often a losing battle for doctors.
Now officials have decided to try something new - by taking them round supermarkets to learn how to buy healthier food.
Adults living with overweight children in deprived areas are being offered a free 10-week course on nutrition and better eating.
They will be urged to replace sugary and fatty food with fruit and veg on their shopping trips. Lessons will also be held in maintaining a balanced diet.
The initiative, which normally costs Â£400, aims to tackle the alarming rise in dangerously overweight children.
Co-ordinator Daniel Brown said: "We all lead such hectic lives that eating healthily can sometimes drop off the priority list.
"Kids love the fun activities and games, while the parents tell us that they enjoy learning about healthy eating and swapping tips with other parents.
"As well as losing weight, kids leave the programme with more energy and self-esteem."
The courses are being offered to hard-up families in Manchester's Wythenshawe, Gorton and Harpurhey areas.
Funded by the NHS and city council, it is aimed at reducing health problems later in life. Parents will be told to set weight-loss goals while children play games to learn about food.
They will then be taken on tours of local supermarkets, where youngsters will be urged to investigate the contents of food products from their labels.
A total of 30 families, who must have obese child between seven and 13, are expected to sign up. Nearly one in four adults in Greater Manchester is obese and almost a quarter of 10 and 11-year-olds is dangerously heavy.
NHS Manchester said: "We want to embed healthy lifestyles in young people to reduce their risk of ill-health in later life. We can help the whole family make realistic lifestyle changes."