A report on maternal obesity by the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Fit and Healthy Childhood states that the 2016 childhood obesity needs to be revised as it is too vague.
They call for it to include a focus on maternal health during pregnancy, because of the likelihood that a child will be obese and have higher risk of developing chronic illness if their mother is obese.
It also calls for an increase in the number of Health visitors who are seen as key to achieving better health for women pre-conception and during pregnancy.
The report says health visitors and midwives now have less time to spend with women at antenatal appointments discussing healthy eating, lifestyle and the impact of obesity on their child.
See the full report here.