Child Obesity in London

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Shaun Bailey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recent research commissioned by the Infant and Toddler Forum found that 79 per cent of children aged one to four are often given more food than the recommended portion size for their age. What measures will you take as part of your Public Health Strategy, in conjunction with Public Health England, to ensure that parents are made aware of the importance of feeding their children appropriate portions of food as a way to reduce childhood obesity in London?


Answer for Child Obesity in London

Answer for Child Obesity in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My public health commitment to promote healthy, active lifestyles and tackle child obesity will be continued through Healthy Schools London.

Building on this, my Health Team is currently developing a pilot to test rolling out a Healthy Early Years (HEY) programme across London October to March 2017.  HEY is a potential awards scheme that would support and recognise early years settings' achievements in child health, wellbeing and school readiness (under-fives). This would include supporting and encouraging parents, children and staff to eat well and provide healthy food.  

Furthermore, my Food Flagship programme is supporting the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Croydon to change the whole food environment. Each borough is delivering work to encourage healthy eating - including portion control - working with schools, parents, teachers, residents and businesses.