Obesity in children rising globally
It’s widely acknowledged that obesity in children is on the rise, not only nationally, but globally. Experts identify that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, increasing the risk of health problems throughout adult life. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predict a generation at greater risk of diseases, such as diabetes.
How schools can help
Schools are attempting to tackle this issue and the use of sports premium. The aim is to increase activity levels of children and ensure high quality PE and school sport. No matter the efforts made by schools, there is a wider issue of high calorie inexpensive food that has a detrimental impact on health and well being.
Cheap, fatty, and sugary foods are the main driver of the growing obesity problem. We previously blogged about the ‘sugar tax’, a levy enforced on sugary drinks, but we consider this to be only the first step needed by government. Joined up thinking and collaboration can help to meet WHO’s calls for more to be done. An example includes the crack down on advertisement and marketing of unhealthy foods to our young people.
The WHO is publishing a plan to end childhood obesity. It aims to provide clear guidance on how to curb rising obesity levels (more information can be found here). We consider a key step alongside healthier eating is pursuing an active lifestyle, school sport is, therefore, even more important than ever before.