Childhood Obesity

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent World Health Organisation report shows in the UK 9% four and five-year-olds are classed as obese - with the proportion rising to 20 % for 10 to 11-year-olds and it predicts obesity to become the new norm. Trust for London's Child Poverty data shows as a whole, 23% of Year 6 students were obese. This is a higher rate than in England, where 20% of Year 6 students were obese. Both London and England have experienced a slight increase over the last five years (one percentage point). What are your key strategies to tackle London's childhood obesity?


Answer for Childhood Obesity

Answer for Childhood Obesity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Childhood obesity is the biggest health issue facing our children in London and I am determined to get to grips with it. I currently have a variety of programmes that contribute to tackling to childhood obesity, such as my successful Healthy Schools London programme and the work my Food Team does to support a healthy retail sector.

As Mayor, I will address the root causes of childhood obesity, taking a whole systems approach with a focus on the precious and formative early years period. And that is why I will be launching a new Healthy Early Years programme in spring 2018, a holistic and health and well-being programme, modelled off my successful Healthy Schools London programme and creating a new standard of quality in childcare across London.

However, I have just finished consulting on London's new Health Inequalities Strategy, in which my role as Mayor in taking a leading and convening role in tackling this issue it was one of five key ambitions. Through this consultation I have listened to what Londoners have said. Childhood obesity was, by some distance, the most popular issue that Londoners responded too. The consultation closed on 30th November and once I have taken time to carefully consider what Londoners have been saying, I will announce further action as to how I will tackle this ticking time bomb in London.