2020 Vision and obesity

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2368
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 'Measuring Up' report, the overwhelming majority of the medical profession believe that obesity is the 'greatest public health crisis' and warn that unless urgent and effective action takes place at all levels 'the NHS will no longer be able to cope'. Given this situation why did your 2020 Vision not set out a strategic vision for tackling childhood obesity?

Answer

Answer for 2020 Vision and obesity

Answer for 2020 Vision and obesity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you will be aware, childhood obesity is a complex area with many causes. Every part of the system needs to play its part in tackling it.

I am committed to playing my part and much of my 2020 vision will help to achieve this by:

• making London a greener, safer and cleaner space • improving transport, cycling and walking and • increasing the life chances of children through volunteering, job and sporting opportunities to help improve self-esteem and physical activity.

My Healthy Schools London programme and the work of the London Food Board will also help to improve child health and wellbeing and reduce obesity.