Mo Farah today admitted he was “shocked” about childhood obesity – and revealed he was dedicating more time to get young people playing sport.
He said as a father of two new born daughters he was concerned by new research showing youth inactivity was taking five years off people’s lives.
The double Olympic champion said: “I have twin daughters that are five weeks old – you don’t want to imagine losing five years. It’s quite shocking . We can do something about it.
“I feel a responsibility to use my stardom to make a difference and I believe that I will. I would like to use the Mo Farah foundation to help kids in England who don’t get the support.”
Farah was with Boris Johnson at the launch of a report by the Young Foundation which showed only five per cent of adults do enough exercise and Britain is the third most inactive country in Europe.