A SMALL town in the north of France is leading the fight against a growing problem, obesity amongst young children.
Fleurbaix-Laventie, just outside Lille, in Nord-Pas de Calais region is home to the Ville Santé (FLVS) experiment in healthy eating and living.
Their work is featured in the Guardian and their approach is to educate the whole family through teaching children at school the benefits of a balanced diet.
Despite being known for its culinary delights, modern French life has put pressure on parents resulting in one child in eight being considered as obese.
On the FLVS website there are details of the work that has been done to cut the consumption of fats and to get people undertaking regular exercise.
And it looks as though it has worked as a dozen or so towns are to start similar projects and in time it may be run on a national level.
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