How can schools help stop the obesity crisis?
More than 20,000 children are severely obese when they are about to leave primary school, new figures show.
The number of 10- and 11-year-olds in year six classed as severely obese is almost double that of the four- and five-year-olds in reception year, analysis from the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.
The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has warned the high child obesity rates are contributing to a “multi-billion pound ill-health time bomb”.
Are your schools seeing this increase in weight? Is it more prevalent in the younger pupils as the above article suggests?
For a while now, timetables have seemed to be squeezed to make room for ‘testable’ subjects like English & Maths. There has been a great swell of concern about the lack of arts ??? that pupils across all phases are offered & PE has also seen a decrease in the time allotted in the weekly timetable.
Given that the pupils of today will be the adults of tomorrow, should schools have a plan in place to try to counter this epidemic? The Daily Mile is proving very popular across the country with some schools encouraging parents & staff to join the children. It is being supported by UK’s richest man Jim Radcliffe who is a major sponsor of the foundation.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our childhood obesity plan is among the most comprehensive in the world – our sugar tax is funding school sports programmes and nutritious breakfasts for the poorest children, and we’re investing in further research into the links between obesity and inequality.
“However, we have always been very clear that this is the not the final word on obesity, and we have not ruled out further action if the right results are not seen.”
What plan does your school have or is it something that you feel should be the responsibility of parents? Share your views below