Early action can prevent long-term health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer, which is better for patients and the NHS.

The rollout of the pilot delivers on the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to treat children for severe complications related to their obesity, avoiding the need for more invasive treatment.

Group sessions will be provided with a full clinical team, including support from dietitians, psychologists, specialist nurses, social workers, youth workers and a pediatrician to ensure all health needs of each child are met.

As well as providing expert treatment, the services will identify the factors causing obesity in children, considering their mental and physical health.

Obesity affects one in five children in the UK and can increase the likelihood of a child developing serious health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, liver conditions, and early heart disease. Children who are severely obese can also develop difficulties such as breathing problems, sleep issues, and mental health problems, which can dramatically impact their quality of life.

In England, the number of children living with obesity doubles from the start of primary school to the end of primary school – with the latest data showing that one-fifth of children aged 10-11 are obese in England.

According to england.nhs.uk