Feb 05, 2018
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has begun his search for a Chair and Board members to lead London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce. The new initiative, which we are supporting, aims to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity across the capital.
Nearly 40% of children aged 10 and 11 in London are overweight or obese. The Mayor looks to significantly reduce this in London by 2028 and the Taskforce aims to tackle the disproportionately high rates of childhood obesity in London’s more disadvantaged areas.
Childhood obesity can lead to the early onset of conditions traditionally associated with old age, such as type 2 diabetes, poor oral health and cardiovascular disease. It is also associated with poor psychological and emotional health, lower educational attainment and poor sleep.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“London is the world’s greatest city and I want every young Londoner to be able to fulfil their potential and make the most of the opportunities that the city gives them. Tackling the childhood obesity epidemic in the capital is a crucial part of ensuring that all young Londoners are able to flourish and lead happy, healthy lives.
“That’s why I’m setting up a new Child Obesity Taskforce, with the support of partners including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. I’m looking for the very best individuals from across the city to lead the way, with a proven track record of bringing together those who can help tackle this problem and improve the health and life chances of our young people – regardless of their economic background, their ethnicity or where in the capital they live.”
We have backed the London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce with £90,000 of support over two years. This is part of our childhood obesity programme which focuses on the issue within the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, which have pockets of high deprivation and is where we find some of the highest rates in the country. Through our programme, we are exploring how best we address the issue by working with a small number of partners on specific initiatives and sharing what we learn with others.
Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive, said:
“Rates of childhood obesity are unacceptably high but it is within our collective power to address this. We know that inner-city environments amplify many aspects of the problem and that children from poorer areas are disproportionally affected. This Taskforce can play an important role in combining resources, insight and focusing effort where it’s most needed.”
You can find details of how to apply to be the Chair or a board member of the Taskforce on the City Hall website. The deadline for applications is Monday 26 February 2018.