Tackling Obesity

MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that you have agreed to fund a programme to tackle childhood obesity over the next three years, can the Mayor detail how the mayor intends to combat obesity in adults?


Answer for Tackling Obesity

Answer for Tackling Obesity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Childhood and adult obesity are inextricably linked. Overweight children are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults, while the greatest predictors of obesity in children are deprivation and parental weight status.

Many of the issues that affect both childhood and adult obesity were discussed at the Fit Cities 2013 conference held at City Hall on 18-19 March. This conference brought together architects, planners, designers, developers and public health professionals to share knowledge including about how building and public realm design and policy decisions can improve health outcomes in communities and reduce deprivation.

My programme will continue to build on this discussion and take into account active transport and the built environment in order to tackle obesity in all age groups.