Tag Archives: Childhood Obesity

So what is Jeremy Hunt doing about it? Obesity was a factor in more than 525,000 hospital admissions last year, and obesity rates have risen from 15% in 1993 to 27% in 2015. Child health experts describe the level of childhood obesity in the United Kingdom as a “state of emergency”. As a GP with over 30 years’ experience, I can state that the vast majority of consultations are for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease – linked to lifestyle or diet. I would estimate that 50-70% of costs to the NHS would be not just reduced but eliminated if patients’ diet and exercise regimes […]
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The biggest changes come from incremental steps not silver bullets In the same week that the new mayor of London began the task of watering down his electoral promises the Government published its long-awaited “Plan for Action” for childhood obesity. The anti-obesity lobby attacked it because it lacked some of their favourite state interventions. David Cameron’s biggest flaw as a politician was to promise actions for which he had either little knowledge as to their impact or little inclination to worry about these future problems. Even before he became Conservative Leader he showed this tendency when he promised the Eurosceptics that […]
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Just under one in ten children in England are obese by the time they begin primary school. The same NHS figures which highlight this statistic (9.1 per cent) among reception age pupils also pinpoints a stark rise in the issue by the end of primary school. By the time 11-year-olds are ready to move on to secondary school, 19.1 per cent are classed as obese and about a third – 33.2 per cent – are either overweight or obese. Those figures are clearly a cause for concern. As Public Health England notes, these children are also more likely to miss […]
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Create A Cabinet Minister For Children To Address National Child Obesity Epidemic! The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood claims that without a strategic,  co-ordinated approach, the country will be faced with a child obesity epidemic of ‘ intractable  and devastating effect ’ and has called for a new post of  Cabinet Minister for Children to drive policy to promote child health and fitness  across all Government  Departments. In a report based upon contributions from 23 cross-sector organisations, The All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has made detailed recommendations to address a current crisis […]
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