Childhood obesity (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Department of Health has downgraded predicted obesity rates by 2020 to 30% amongst 2-11 year olds and 24% amongst 12-18 year olds, but is there any actual evidence that measures taken such as Change4life and health inequalities measures have been successful rather than a failure of interpretations for the future that are based on a current trend?


Answer for Childhood obesity (1)

Answer for Childhood obesity (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am encouraged to hear that the rate at which obesity is increasing appears to be slowing. However, the numbers of overweight and obese children are still too high and I will continue to keep this issue clearly in my sights and work with partners to reduce the numbers. It seems likely that the encouraging trend from 2000 to 2007 is due to the combined efforts of families, schools, health services, and government. With such a complex issue, requiring multiple responses, it is not always possible to attribute success to specific initiatives. NHS colleagues report that there are encouraging indications from the Change4Life programme but it is too early to see the full effects. What matters is that we continue to take partnership action, and its impact continues to be monitored and evaluated and the emerging lessons widely applied.