Childhood Obesity UK- Plan for Action (August 2016)
On the 18th August the UK Government released a long awaited plan for tackling childhood obesity. The paper represents the government’s intention to tackle obesity by encouraging:
- industries to cut down the amount of sugar in food and drinks
- primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active
The paper discusses the fact that nearly a third of children below the age of 15 in the UK are overweight or obese; which may be comparative with Gibraltar where around a third of reception children report the same.
Initiatives described to cover the 10 year plan include increasing sugar tax on soft drinks, challenging the food and drinks industry to reduce sugar content by 20%, supporting businesses that aim to make their products healthier and increasing physical activity in schools to a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
Click here to read the paper in full.
What to do if you are worried about your child
If you are concerned that your child is overweight, the NHS recommends taking 5 initial steps:
- Ensure you are a good role model
- Encourage around 60 minutes of physical activity a day
- Make sure you are providing child-size portions
- Have healthy meals, drinks and snacks
- Cut back screen time and ensure sufficient sleep
Click here for further information, and more ideas on how to keep your child healthy.