Have your say on childhood obesity in Tower Hamlets
- Credit: WHFS
With childhood obesity becoming a growing problem across the country the council is calling on residents to share their views on how to tackle the issue.
As part of a new London-wide campaign, called The Great Weight Debate (GWD), people are being asked to complete a short online survey to gauge public opinion on the matter.
London has more overweight and obese children than any other major city in the world - including New York, Paris and Madrid.
Although the East End has seen a decline in obesity among children aged four to five in the last nine years, the proportion of overweight or obese 10 to 11-year-olds has increased to 42 per cent - the London average is 37pc.
Speaking at the Women’s Health and Family Services (WHFS) 35th anniversary event, the mayor John Biggs said: “Given how many people it affects we need a wider public conversation about the dangers of childhood obesity.”
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“We would like as many residents as possible to have their say; parents, carers, grandparents, young people, community groups and schools.
“Together we can make a real difference to the health, lives and futures of the children in our borough.”
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Being obese or overweight increases the risk of children developing high cholesterol, diabetes, joint problems and breathing difficulties.
Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs, cabinet member for health and adult services, added: “There are many factors that contribute to these high levels (of obesity) and we all have a responsibility to help make healthy changes to improve the outcomes for the next generation.”
To take the survey and share your views go to surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GWD2016.