03/11/2009 08:51 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Good News - Not All Of Our Kids Are Going To Be Obese

Fewer kids are set to become obese than first thought, according to new figures.

Experts say the rapid rise in child obesity may be levelling off.

Researchers from the National Heart Forum say that by 2020, there will be 30 of girls who are overweight or obese, rather than 42 respectively.

To be fair, that's still a lot of fat kids.

The Government says a lot of hard work has been put in to get the figures down, but there's a long way to go.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: "Obesity is one of the biggest health challenges we face. There are currently 1.5 million children and 25 million adults that are overweight or obese, leaving them at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and liver disease.

"The encouraging news that child obesity may be levelling off is thanks to the hard work of families, schools and the NHS across England, supported by Government initiatives such as 5 A Day and Healthy Schools, which have overseen improvements to school food and school sport.

"But obesity levels are still too high and we need to keep the momentum going - that's why I'm delighted to see our campaigns such as the Change4Life Healthy Towns being so successful.

"We'll only turn the tide on obesity for good if everyone - Government, families and industry - play their part."

The Government has been chucking £30 million at its Change4Life Healthy Towns initiative, in Dudley, Halifax, Sheffield, Tower Hamlets, Thetford, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Tewkesbury and Portsmouth.

But if politicians really want to do something about obese children, they could stop selling off playing fields and tackle the fact that it's cheaper to eat unhealthy rubbish.

What do you think? How do we stop our kids getting too fat?

Source: AOL News