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Obesity - a growing problem

Obesity is a growing problem in the Isle of Man, as is the increase in related illnesses, and it's putting a strain on the health service.

The views of Public Health Medicine Consultant Dr Paul Emerson, who says it's not just down to adults.

For example, around 17% of children in last year's reception classes at the Island's schools were overweight or obese.

That doesn't bode well for the future, with current research indicating 60% of men and 50% of women will be obese by 2050, if present trends continue.

Dr Emerson says the DHSS is looking to act now before it's too late:

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