Wales is struggling to “turn the tide” against childhood obesity – and the problem is worse than ever before. According to a major annual report, 12.4% of four and five-year-old children in Wales were classed as obese in 2016-17. This was deemed “statistically significantly higher” than both 2015-16 (11.7%) and 2014-15 (11.6%) when obesity rates were lower. The report’s authors also found children in the most deprived counties of Wales have a far higher chance of being obese than those in the most affluent. A staggering 17.5% of people of four and five-year-olds in Merthyr Tydfil were deemed obese – the highest level in the country – followed by Blaenau Gwent (15.1%) and Conwy (14.4%). In contrast the Vale of Glamorgan (7.8%), Monmouthshire (8%) and Cardiff (10.7%) had the lowest levels of childhood obesity in Wales. Children at reception age classed as obese (2016-17) Child Measurement Programme The Child Measurement Programme (CMP) … [Read more...] about Rates of childhood obesity are worse than ever before in Wales
Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity? Caroline Cerny, alliance lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, says YES. Advertising works. The food industry wouldn’t spend millions of pounds a year on advertising if it wasn’t effective. When it comes to children, there is clear evidence that shows the food adverts children see influence the foods they choose and how much food they eat. There are already some restrictions on junk food advertising around TV programmes specifically designed for children, and we are pushing for this to be extended to all family shows. But even with these limits, there is a clear gap: online content and social media. This is clearly an area that needs to be tackled. Currently, nearly one in five children start primary school with a weight classified as overweight or obese, rising to one in three when they leave. If the obesity epidemic isn’t stopped, millions of children will be storing up future health … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity?
Doctors have warned that children growing up in the city today will die at a younger age than their parents – as figures reveal that one in five pupils are already obese by the time they leave primary school. According to Public Health England, 643 Year 6 children in Stoke-on-Trent – or 22.7 per cent of 10 and 11-year-olds – are not just overweight, but obese. Of those children, 144 of them – just over five per cent of all Year 6 children – have been newly classed as ‘severely obese’. Overall, 1,084 youngsters were overweight or obese, 38.8 per cent of all Year 6 children, while 43 of them, 1.5 per cent, were underweight. At reception age (four to five-years-old) some 74 per cent are at a healthy weight. However, there are still 427 children overweight, 381 obese and 112 severely obese. Children were weighed and measured in reception class and in the last year of primary school as part of the Government’s National Child … [Read more...] about Stoke-on-Trent’s childhood obesity epidemic is a ‘ticking time bomb’
A programme aimed at tackling childhood obesity levels was launched at the John Mackintosh Square last Saturday. The Children, Healthy and Active Multi-agency Programme [CHAMP] saw different departments and charities including Public Health, the Youth Service and the Gibraltar Cardiac Association come together in a bid to reduce childhood obesity on the Rock. Currently one third of children in Gibraltar are either overweight or obese. The staggering statistic just slightly tops the UKs obesity rate. Music blared and children flocked to John Mackintosh Square to take part in sports activities with parents listening to nutritional advice at the day-long event. The Minister for Health, Neil Costa, and the Minister for Education, John Cortes opened the event that saw more than 30 people from governmental departments and charities take part in the event. “It was very concerning to all of us to learn that over a third of children in Gibraltar have obesity,” Mr Costa said. … [Read more...] about CHAMP targets childhood obesity
Almost one in four of 11-year-olds in Newcastle are obese, public health bosses have warned. According to a new report, 24.8% of the city’s Year 6 pupils are classed as obese, as are more than 10% of four or five-year-olds. Both figures are above the national averages, which are 19.8% for Year 6 pupils and 9.3% for younger children. Eugene Milne, director of public health, and Coun Jane Streather presented their report on the state of the city’s health to Newcastle City Council on Wednesday. Despite the concerns of rising childhood obesity, they did, however, find that Newcastle’s infant mortality rate is at an all time low. The number of deaths per every 1,000 infants under one year old is down to just 2.7 – compared to a world-leading figure of two and international average of 40. Figures showed that Newcastle’s under-75 cancer mortality has risen to 178 per 100,000 from 170.9 and remains significantly higher than the national rate. The number of mothers … [Read more...] about Revealed: The worrying scale of our childhood obesity problem