22000 children severely obese when they leave primary school

Maricruz Casares
Junio 1, 2018

For those who are overweight, they would be categorized in the 85th to 95th percentile, and for children considered to be obese, they would fall under the 95th percentile or greater group.

We want to see a whole systems approach and for local authorities to be given the powers they need to reduce childhood obesity in their communities.

Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "These new figures on severely obese children, who are in the most critical overweight category, are a further worrying wake-up call for urgent joined-up action".

The first data of its kind for 2016/17, obtained by the LGA and supplied by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), shows a total of 22,646 out of 556,452 (4.1%) of 10 and 11 year-olds are classed as severely obese. The LGA comments that future efforts to lower obesity need to take into account these differences when being created.

The report highlights the issues facing the well-being of British children with regard to food habits and fitness, and discusses what the government is expected to do in order to combat this epidemic.

The Health and Social Care Committee's report may cause the government to put increased pressure on schools but, with funding so tight, is this possible?

It was done in an attempt to encourage drinks manufacturers to lower the amount of sugar used in their products. There has been criticism that the sugar tax only pertains to soft drinks and excludes milk-based drinks.

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The government's 2016 plan does, however, mention that drinks without the remit of the sugar tax will be tackled before 2020. This session gave a number of experts the opportunity to voice their opinions on what they thought would be important for the next part of the government's aforementioned "Childhood obesity: a plan for action".

"The government can rectify missed opportunities by bringing in greater restrictions on how and when unhealthy, sugary, salty and fatty foods are marketed and promoted so children and young people aren't bombarded with adverts, and we agree with the Select Committee that these measures are needed now".

Moreover, the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan's, proposal to ban all advertisements of junk food [VIDEO] from Public Transport in London in an attempt to tackle childhood obesity creating more discussion on the matter.

The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, warned the severe child obesity rates are contributing to a "multi-billion pound ill-health time bomb".

Dr Modi Mwatsama, of the Obesity Health Alliance, said: "This is a superb report that reflects what obesity campaigners have always been saying - the United Kingdom is in the midst of an obesity epidemic and the Government must take strong measures to tackle childhood obesity if we're to prevent this spiralling beyond control". Health needs to be made an objective within the planning and licensing system.

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