Childhood obesity (2)

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


With the recent downgrading of predicted childhood obesity rates to 2020, are there any estimates on how this impacts upon London's different groups and whether the healthy eating and exercise message is getting through to the poorest communities?


Answer for Childhood obesity (2)

Answer for Childhood obesity (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reports there is a lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of obesity interventions targeting specific socio-economic, ethnic or vulnerable groups. Recognising this, my Health Inequalities Strategy places emphasis on working with London communities, health partners, and academics to gather information and build better evidence about what works for diverse groups.

The NHS is monitoring childhood obesity through the National Child Measurement Programme and is closely tracking trends so I trust we will be better able to understand the impact of programmes on different communities over time. Findings for London to date show significant inequalities in the risk of obesity with children from the poorest authorities having the highest rates and children from black ethnic minority groups having higher rates than other ethnic groups.

The Health Survey for England provides useful trend data over a longer period but the numbers are too small for accurate analysis below borough level. My Health Team continues to work with the London Health Observatory to support their work on the Survey and we have invested in a 'London Boost' to improve the usefulness of the information and look forward to seeing what can be learned from more detailed analysis.