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Obesity treatment 'should tackle mental barriers'

Childhood obesity treatment involves more than just a greater awareness of healthy foods, an expert has said.

Anne Finnemore, a hypnotherapist and stress manager, believes the approach to tackling the obesity problem should be based on three methods.

Parents and schools should encourage children to eat a wide range of healthy foods from an early age, as this will minimise the risk of them developing a need of unhealthy foods, stated Ms Finnemore.

She said children must learn to enjoy exercise so they are more likely to want to stay fit and maintain a healthy weight.

Finally, she believes a child's relationship with food needs to be balanced as this will determine adult eating patterns.

Her comments came after a British Heart Foundation survey revealed 32 per cent of British 11 to 15-year olds are now obese or overweight and more eat crisps as a lunchtime snack than eat fruit. 

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