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A London Conversation on Childhood Obesity

27/10/2016

Barnet Public Health team is working with other London councils and NHS organisations to launch 'The Great Weight Debate - a London conversation on childhood obesity.
 
To protect London’s children, we want to involve all Londoners in a conversation about childhood obesity. We want to make Londoners more aware of this problem and hear what ideas they have for tackling childhood obesity, both in their communities and at a pan-London level. We want to understand what measures people may support towards creating a healthier living environment.  
 
London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city. Over a third of London’s children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.  Obese children are at increased 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 well-being, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school.
 
Evidence from global experts highlight that Londoners are living in an abnormal environment where our surroundings make it harder to follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight. Londoners have easy access to high fat, sugar and salty foods in abundance 24/7.  Children are not as physically active as they used to be, with less outdoor play time and more indoor screen time.
 
We will be encouraging all residents to complete a short Great Weight Debate survey here. 
 
More information and resources can be found here

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