Ministers launch an urgent review of child obesity in the UK in the hope that the number of overweight young children will be halved in the next decade
- Matt Hancock said & # 39; we should not rest on our laurels & # 39; in the obesity fight
- The obesity strategy for children had two chapters that were published in 2016 and 2017
- About 29 percent of children between 2 and 15 are overweight or obese
The Health Secretary today asked for help to make the government's promise to halve childhood obesity in the next ten years.
Matt Hancock called on the English chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies to prepare an urgent report by September on how children can best lose weight.
About 29 percent of children between the ages of two and fifteen are overweight or obese in England, with 16 percent being obese.
The government has promised to reduce this number by half by 2030.
Mr Hancock said today: "We cannot rest on our laurels" and asked for expert advice to help improve the plans.
Matt Hancock said: "We should not rest on our laurels," as the government is trying to take measures to reduce the number of obese children by half by 2030
& # 39; We have gone further than any other country to reduce childhood obesity & # 39 ;, Hancock said. & # 39; Our reformulation programs & # 39; s are world leaders.
& # 39; Children across the country walk one mile a day thanks to our work with primary schools and we are consulting some new laws on advertising and promotions to make the environment healthier for our children.
& # 39; I have no doubt that this policy will be effective. What I do not underestimate is the extent of the problem we are facing and we must not rest on our laurels.
& # 39; If we want to see a real improvement in our children's health in 2030, we will have to use every tool in our arsenal, so today I asked the Chief Medical Officer to report back on what else we can do & # 39;
England & # 39; s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, said that reducing childhood obesity is a & # 39; formidable challenge & # 39; is. She is expected to publish her assessment in September at the latest
HOW FAT BRITISH CHILDREN ARE?
English children are fatter than ever – official data revealed in October that one in 25 10 to 11 year olds is severely obese, the fattest possible category.
And of the approximately 556,000 children aged up to and including leaving primary education in the UK, 170,000 have considered to some extent, figures in May last year.
More than one in five 11-year-olds is obese – equivalent to about 111,000 children – and because they are so fat, they are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer or a stroke.
The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health says that children should be weighed at school every year because & # 39; danger is on the horizon & # 39; and the UK lags behind the rest of the EU in tackling obesity.
Experts also have children & # 39; drastically & # 39; arrive when they are in school.
Sugar in food is known to contribute to the swelling toughness of children, with huge amounts of popular foods full of sugar.
A sugar tax has reduced the effects of some soft drinks, but breakfast cereals can still contain more than 70 percent of a whole day's sugar in a single bowl.
Even a single can of Coca-Cola (35 g of sugar) or one bar of Mars (33 g) contains more than the maximum amount of sugar that a child should have over an entire day.
& Unless we are tackling this obesity crisis, today's obese children are becoming the obese adults of tomorrow, whose years of healthy living will be shortened by a whole range of health problems, & I39i Seccombe, of the Local Government Association, said May.
The government action plan for childhood obesity was first published in 2016 and contained measures that could help the country's children slim down.
One of its flagship measures, the sugar tax on soft drinks, has already started and raised £ 154 million in the first six months – the money will be reinvested in sports and breakfast clubs in schools.
Other initiatives include encouraging food and beverage companies to reduce their sugar content by 20 percent.
Foods for sale in government-run buildings, including recreational centers, are made healthier and primary schools ensure that children get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day between classes.
And low-income families will continue to receive Healthy Start vouchers for milk and fruit and vegetables, according to government plans.
The government is also considering banning the sale of energy drinks to children and stopping using junk food before 9 p.m.
Mr. Hancock seemed determined today to do more and hope that Dame Sally can recommend ways to improve the strategy and increase the chance of work.
& # 39; The size of the challenge we face in childhood obesity is huge, & # 39; said Dame Sally.
& # 39; A silver bullet has been in trouble for decades and we have to think outside the box.
& # 39; There are policies that we know are effective, many of which are already taking action in this country. Now we have to be brave and brave enough to continue.
& # 39; I want the UK to be the healthiest country in the world – and support all our children to have the best possible start in life. & # 39;
Childhood obesity has risen since the 1990s, with 25 percent of children between 2 and 15 overweight or obese in 1995, the lowest in 14 years.
While the proportion of children who were fat reached its peak in 2004 when it was higher than a third at 34 percent.
The figure was continuously higher than 30 percent from 2001 to 2011 and again in 2014.
Children who are obese are more likely to become full-grown adults and are therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
The Chief Medical Officer report is expected in September.
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