Mo Farah ‘shocked’ about childhood obesity but Olympic champ pledges to help young people into sport (The Evening Standard- Matthew Beard)

Date: 1 October 2012

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.

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