Sep 04, 2019
London’s Child Obesity Taskforce has today set out its calls to action so that every child in London can grow up with healthy and nutritious food options, plenty of water to drink, and opportunities to run and play.
The independent taskforce, which we are a lead partner of, has launched Every Child A Healthy Weight – Ten Ambitions for London to improve opportunities and support for the capital’s children. Calls to action include:
The proposals aim to make sure every child can grow up healthy, no matter where they live. London currently has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe, with twice as many obese children in low-income areas compared to more affluent ones.
We are supporting the Taskforce in collaboration with Public Health England, The Association of Directors of Public Health London (ADPH London) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services London (ADCS London) to create proposals to halve the percentage of London’s primary school children who are overweight and reduce the gap between obesity rates in the richest and poorest areas of London by 2030.
London currently has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe, with twice as many obese children in low-income areas compared to more affluent ones.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is committed to tackling these issues and created the taskforce of professionals to help drive change. He challenged them to develop ideas that would reduce childhood obesity and close this health inequality gap, saying: “It’s shocking that our city has such high levels of child obesity and that our children’s health depends so much on who they are and where they live. We all have a role to play if we are to tackle this health crisis – so Londoners’ lives can be improved, reducing the burden on our over-stretched health and care service."
Paul Lindley OBE, Chair of the Taskforce said: “London is a vibrant city full of opportunity, yet many of our children face the risk of lifelong ill health by having an unhealthy weight that’s driven by inequality. We want to unleash a transformation in London, so that every child has every chance to grow up eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and being physically active. We will only do this if we put children at the centre of everything we do and understand that we must all take action.”
Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive said: “If we add up all the children living in London, we have a population bigger than that of any other city in the UK. So it’s crucial that we do all we can to help London’s children lead healthy lives. This means creating environments that help all kids — regardless of how wealthy they are — eat well, play and develop. To get there, we each have a role: not just government, but also responsible businesses and even local communities. We see the Taskforce’s ambitions as an opportunity to turn London from one of the world’s worst cities for childhood obesity to one of the best.”
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