MORE than a third of Welsh children under 16 are overweight or obese.
The rates of childhood obesity in Wales are also the highest in the UK, according to figures by Welsh Government.
An action plan to tackle obesity in schools was published yesterday by a group of doctors.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) recommends a ban on fast food outlets close to schools and colleges and a duty placed on sugary soft drinks.
Other suggestions include a ban on advertising of foods high in saturated fats, sugar and salt before 9pm, plus a £100 million investment on provision of weight management services across the country.
Yesterday’s Flintshire Leader reported on plans by Flintshire Council to tackle obesity in schools.
The healthy schools scheme would see high fat and sugary snacks and drinks replaced in vending machines by fruit and flavoured water.