Dr Jonty Heaversedge join debate on the prevailing local problem of childhood obesity

News Desk (13 October, 2016)

"London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York"

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That’s why we are joining London councils and NHS organisations to launch a London-wide campaign called The Great Weight Debate – a London conversation on childhood obesity.

London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York. Over a third of all children in London are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Obese children are at risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties.  Being overweight or obese can affect a child’s mental wellbeing, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school, which can affect their learning.

We need a big conversation about this, so we’re encouraging residents to complete a short survey to share their views on childhood obesity.

We would like as many residents as possible to have their say; parents, carers, grandparents, young people, community groups and schools.

As well as the health and emotional problems overweight and obese children face there is also a high probability that they will become obese and overweight adults. Overweight and obese adults are at risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and premature death.

Here are some startling facts:

  • On average,  seven to 10-year olds consume three times more than the recommended  amount of sugar every day  (which is 4-6 teaspoons)
  • The average chicken shop meal of chicken, chips and a drink contains 70% of an adult’s daily calories
  • The average child in England spends six hours a day in front of a screen
  • Only 28 per cent of children in England achieve the recommended daily activity levels

So please, get online, and take the survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GWD2016.

You can find out more about childhood obesity in London and make at pledge to improve your family’s health and wellbeing on the Great Weight Debate website, www.gethealthy.london/greatweightdebate.


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