LGA responds to UCL report on teenage obesity

"Councils, which are responsible for public health, can help the Government meet its target of halving childhood obesity by 2030 with significant additional investment in public health and leisure services, alongside greater powers to tackle clustering of existing takeaways and to restrict junk food advertising, as part of a whole-system approach."


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Responding to a University College London report on how poorer teenagers are at substantially greater risk of obesity, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“As this report demonstrates yet again, bolder action is needed to combat childhood obesity, especially to reduce the gap between the most and least deprived.

“This means increasing targeted services and support for the communities that need it most, ensuring every child is able to have a good quality diet and a healthy lifestyle.

“Councils, which are responsible for public health, can help the Government meet its target of halving childhood obesity by 2030 with significant additional investment in public health and leisure services, alongside greater powers to tackle clustering of existing takeaways and to restrict junk food advertising, as part of a whole-system approach.

“Unless we solve this crisis, today’s obese children will become tomorrow’s obese adults, increasing their likelihood of developing other health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.”