LGA responds to EIF survey on children’s physical activity

"Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, and as these alarming findings show, has been made all the more difficult by the detrimental impact of the pandemic on children’s physical activity."


two children running to get a red balloon in a park

Responding to a survey by the Early Intervention Foundation which found less than one in five under 6s are getting the physical activity they should following the pandemic, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face, and as these alarming findings show, has been made all the more difficult by the detrimental impact of the pandemic on children’s physical activity.

“Children playing outside - getting grass stains on their clothes, twigs in their hair and grazing their knees - is a fundamental part of growing up

“To help increase levels of physical activity across all ages, it is vital that we tackle the inequality of access to green spaces, particularly for those living in more economically deprived areas.

“Leisure centres, which provide family activities such as swimming pools and soft play areas, also continue to face significant financial pressures, with a combination of lower footfall and rising energy prices leaving many providers struggling to remain operating.

“This is why government, key partners and stakeholders need to work together with councils to create healthy places with accessible green spaces and affordable sport and leisure opportunities.