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Physical activity and the environment
  1. Caroline Gribbon
  1. Mary Sheridan Centre for Child Health, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Caroline Gribbon, Mary Sheridan Centre, Guy's King's College and Saint Thomas' Hospitals' Medical and Dental School of King's College London, London, UK; caroline.gribbon{at}

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Decreased physical activity is one of the attributing factors to the growing obesity epidemic in children and adolescents, with one in three children overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.1 2 In March 2018, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) introduced a guideline to improve the physical environment to encourage and support physical activity with the aim of increasing the general population’s physical activity.3 Although this guidance is most relevant for local authorities and town planners, it is important we consider the physical environment that our patients live and play in.

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  • Engage the community in …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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