‘A lack of ex­er­cise and poor diet’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL coun­cil­lors have re­acted to the shock­ing fig­ures.

Coun Chris Andrew, of Mac­cles­field South ward, said obe­sity is caused by ‘lack of ex­er­cise and un­healthy diet’.

He said: “Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties are far bet­ter than so­cial me­dia such as Snapchat, In­sta­gram and FaceTime while eat­ing junk food.”

Coun Alift Hare­wood, Mac­cles­field West and Ivy said: “Fat­ten­ing foods are cheap and avail­able, pocket money can be freely used for the ac­cess to fat and sug­ary foods.”

Coun Bev­er­ley Doo­ley, Mac­cles­field cen­tral, be­lieves open­ing school play grounds and fields at week­ends could help the prob­lem.

Coun Mick War­ren, Mac­cles­field East, blamed ‘very poor’ sports and recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and roads that are ‘too busy to en­cour­age chil­dren to cy­cle any­where’.

He added: “The bot­tom line is that this gen­er­a­tion’s chil­dren are too in­ac­tive and consume too many calo­ries”.

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