The Mayor and I very much welcome this report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity – it brings intelligence, urgency and clarity to the debate on how we can collectively address childhood obesity in London.
It paints a vivid picture of what child obesity looks like in our community: right from the family home, out into nurseries and schools and the wider streets of our city. Every day in my surgery in Wandsworth, I see the impact this is having on our children’s health and how it affects their future life chances.
I believe London is the greatest city in the world, but like any global city we are grappling with major challenges and, as this report so clearly highlights, one of those is child obesity.
Many Londoners enjoy some of the highest standards of living in the Western world. However, the reality is that when it comes to health and wellbeing, our city is still deeply divided. Too many Londoners are still suffering ill health because of social and economic exclusion.
Child obesity impacts on some of our most deprived communities, it limits their opportunities to get on in life and it drives health inequality across London.
"This report is an important contribution to our thinking and a call-to-action that as a city we must answer together."
Sadly, the complex factors that have entwined over the last couple of decades and have left us holding first place amongst our global peers as the city with the biggest child obesity problem.
This is not an area where we want London to be leading, quite the opposite. Tackling child obesity in London is an issue of inequality and the focus of the Mayor’s action on this issue will not only be in getting a grip of the child obesity rates across the city but reducing the disproportionately high rates in London’s more disadvantaged areas.
This report is an important contribution to our thinking and a call-to-action that as a city we must answer together.
Dr Tom Coffey, Mayor of London's Health Advisor
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