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HEALTH & FITNESS Sharp increase in child obesity

There has been a four-fold increase in the number of children admitted to hospi- tal for problems related to obesity in England and Wales between 2000 and 2009. According to research con-

ducted by Imperial College London, nearly three quar- ters of the admissions were to deal with problems com- plicated by obesity such as asthma, breathing difficulties during sleep, and complica- tions of pregnancy, rather than obesity itself being the primary reason. In 2009 there were 3,806 children admit-

led the study, said: “Te burden of obesity is usually thought to have its serious con- sequences in adulthood, but we now see it

Te number of kids with obesity-related issues has quadrupled since 2000

ted to hospital for obesity-related conditions – compared with a mere 872 in 2000. Imperial College’s Dr Sonia Saxena, who

manifesting earlier, in childhood. “It’s clear that rising obesity levels are caus- ing more medical problems in children, but the rise we observed probably also reflects increasing awareness among clinicians, who have become better at recognising obesity.” Details:

Woking centre unveils £2m redevelopment

Woking Leisure Centre in Surrey has opened its doors following an eight month multi-million pound trans- formation of its facilities. The £2m project was

funded by Woking Borough and the centre is operated by Freedom Leisure in partner- ship with the council. Te gym, which was relo-

cated to give users views over Woking Park, has been completely refitted with 131 stations. The new equip- ment includes 45 new cardio machines including tread- mills, cross trainers, crossovers and steppers. An extensive range of plate loaded and

Te gym has 131 stations and offers views overlooking Working Park

free weights equipment, including Olympic benches and Smith machines, have also been added alongside other weight resistance

machines. Te project also seen two new stu- dios been developed to hold classes of up to 35 people including Les Mills Body Pump and Body Balance, Zumba, Kettlercise and JustJhoom. Details:

Leisure centre in Ellesmere Port given the go-ahead 6

Te first images of a £15m leisure centre in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire have been revealed aſter plans were given the go ahead. Te project was given unanimous back-

ing by members of the Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) Council, along with a similar

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project, which is set to be built in Northwich. However, Labour group leader at CWaC, Justin Madders, questioned whether the authority was getting value for money aſter reports that Crewe is getting a 50m pool and lifestyle cen- tre for just £10m. Details:

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