Childhood Obesity

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5223
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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

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.