Ofsted have discovered that many low income families cannot afford to provide healthy school meals for their children, with some families having to alternate the provision of healthy school meals for the children on a weekly basis.
Free school meals are available for those families who are unemployed but the previous Labour government extended the free school meals to the children of families on a low income. For many children this would provide a nutritious meal which introduces a variety of fruit, encouraging the eating habits of their families to alter.
Michael Gove, the education secretary made the decision to ban free school meals (more…)
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have recently organised a programme called Move for Health which is intended to get kids moving and taking part in physical activity to help in the battle against child obesity.
Around a third of all UK children are obese which can lead to serious health problems later in life such as heart disease and diabetes. (more…)
A study carried out by Datamonitor has shown that children in the United Kingdom eat more than double the amount of sweets and sugary treats than children in the United States.
Research company Datamonitor, has carried out research which has found that a third of all British children between five and thirteen years old are suffering from obesity or are overweight. This figure is expected to increase by 2.1 percent each year for the following four years, a greater increase than (more…)
Child obesity is on the increase with over a quarter of children aged between two and eighteen years being overweight. The effect of child obesity is overwhelming, with illness and certain conditions linked to obesity having a negative impact on the quality of a child’s life. There are also psychological effects on a child who is overweight which can last into adulthood.
If a child is overweight the chance of them developing illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as asthma and others, are hugely increased (more…)
National child obesity week will take place the week commencing 5 July 2010 for the first time as an attempt to urge the newly formed Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government to tackle obesity levels in children.
Obesity in children is increasing in the UK which is due to several factors such as (more…)
Health watchdog National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) have issued a report requesting major changes to convenience food which has presented new challenges to the government and the food industry. Children are facing a lifetime of obesity related illness and disease thanks to (more…)
In an attempt to tackle the problem of children who are overweight, the National Child Measurement programme, an anti obesity campaign, will contact the parents of children as young as four years old to try and prevent child obesity and the problems which are associated with it.
In 2005 the campaign was implemented by Sheffield who last year sent letters out to the parents of ten and eleven year olds with details of their height and weight. This will be repeated this year when letters (more…)
A new report has shown a sharp rise in the number of obese children.
The survey, carried out by Datamonitor, showed that a third of children are now classed as overweight or obese.
‘Kids Nutrition: New Perspectives and Opportunities’ identified rising prosperity as one of the main causes. It said:
“With prosperity increasing globally, there has been an increased propensity for kids to overindulge, leading to the numbers of overweight children rising alarmingly.”
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has (more…)