Parking ban plan to cut obesity

Parents in Greater Manchester may soon be banned from parking outside schools, if recommendations by health bosses designed to cut obesity are adopted.

The Greater Manchester Health Commission has called on councils in the area to ban parking near schools, so children have to walk or cycle in, getting much-needed exercise.

It wants councils to make parking in areas around schools residents-only, and has sent its recommendations to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.

It is thought that around 10% of children aged four and five and 18% of children aged 10 and 11 in Greater Manchester are obese. By 2020, it is expected that 1.7 million people in the area will be obese.

Peter Elton, director of public health for NHS Bury, said: "Our view is that there are no miracle cures but we need to introduce more activities to reverse this growing problem.

"Rates of obesity in children have consistently been going up in recent years and that is storing up problems for the future.

"I would think a lot of parents would like to do this and let their children at least walk the last bit to school.

"There is also a safety aspect by avoiding build-ups in traffic and the high density of smoke from cars parked up outside the school."

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