Calls to set up fat camps for obese children in Scotland

Overweight children in Scotland should be sent to state-run fat camps, health chiefs have said.

A report by NHS Health Scotland to the Scottish Government suggests obese Scottish children should be offered places at boot camps.

More than a quarter of children in the country are overweight or obese, and the taxpayer-funded courses could help children to lose weight by teaching them about healthy eating and getting them to take part in exercise.

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The report, sent to the Scottish Parliament, suggests the NHS could offer “short-term, intensive, weight-management programmes” for children.

The boot camps would last two to six weeks.

The report continued: “Successfully tackling obesity is a long-term, large-scale commitment that requires sustained and integrated portfolio of preventative measures.”