Quarter of Richmond children have weight problem, figures reveal

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More than a quarter of children in Richmond have been identified as having a weight problem, a recent survey has revealed.

Richmond Council praised the figure because it was below the national average of 33 per cent, but the survey, carried out by Public Health England, found 26 per cent of children living in the borough were classified as having a weight problem.

Richmond Council’s cabinet member for health and children’s services Councillor Christine Percival said children in Richmond were given the best start.

She said: “Our children’s health and educational standards continue to be among the best in the country.

“However, we will not become complacent following the results of the study and we will continue to do everything we can to lower obesity levels of children and young people.”

But critics said the figures were not something to be proud of.

Opposition spokesman for health Councillor Liz Jaeger said: “While we may be grateful things aren’t as bad as the London and national averages, these percentages are nevertheless far too high.

“One in four Richmond children aged 11 being overweight or obese is a serious problem.

“People who become obese earlier in life are at greater risk of health problems when they get older.

“We should be doing everything we can to promote healthy eating at school and pre-school.

“Who knows if the NHS in future will be able to bear the burden of increased costs resulting from obesity? Tackling this issue needs to be a top priority.”

  • Do you think more needs to be done to tackle children’s obesity in Richmond? Leave a comment below.

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1:49pm Mon 6 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

I don't believe this 33% national average of kids with a 'weight problem'. Sure, kids are getting fatter, earlier - but one third of kids with a weight problem? Nah, don't believe it.
We shouldn't forget that quangos like PHE have a vested interest in talking-up the numbers to justify their existence, and to set a long-term agenda that secures their jobs. As a rule of thumb, always halve any scaremongering statistic you see emanating from a Govenrnment quango.
I don't believe this 33% national average of kids with a 'weight problem'. Sure, kids are getting fatter, earlier - but one third of kids with a weight problem? Nah, don't believe it. We shouldn't forget that quangos like PHE have a vested interest in talking-up the numbers to justify their existence, and to set a long-term agenda that secures their jobs. As a rule of thumb, always halve any scaremongering statistic you see emanating from a Govenrnment quango. kingstonpaul
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8:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Twickenham Bob says...

Part of the problem is that Richmond Council has not invested enough in sports facilities over the past 30 years.

If you get kids interested in sport, they exercise more and take more care about what they eat.

For example, the Council relies on expensive gyms like Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Cannons to provide sport facilities which means that many families cant afford to go Virgin Active charge £93 per month in Twickenham. The much smaller, and out of date council facilities cant cope with demand (and are such poor quality people prefer not to use them).

Sports England provide guidance on affordable sports centres & the council needs to set a long term plan to implement them. We may not be able to afford to build them tomorrow, but money should be set aside in reserves, and land reserved so that areas with no public sports centre, like Whitton & Twickenham can have one eventually.

http://www.sportengl
and.org/media/178920
/affordable-sports-c
entres-2013.pdf
Part of the problem is that Richmond Council has not invested enough in sports facilities over the past 30 years. If you get kids interested in sport, they exercise more and take more care about what they eat. For example, the Council relies on expensive gyms like Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Cannons to provide sport facilities which means that many families cant afford to go Virgin Active charge £93 per month in Twickenham. The much smaller, and out of date council facilities cant cope with demand (and are such poor quality people prefer not to use them). Sports England provide guidance on affordable sports centres & the council needs to set a long term plan to implement them. We may not be able to afford to build them tomorrow, but money should be set aside in reserves, and land reserved so that areas with no public sports centre, like Whitton & Twickenham can have one eventually. http://www.sportengl and.org/media/178920 /affordable-sports-c entres-2013.pdf Twickenham Bob
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4:13pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Culverin says...

If this 26% is to be believed! I find it very sad given we're one of the wealthiest boroughs in the country. Surely it can't cost too much to inspire our young to kick/hit/pass a ball on a regular basis?

What's more, as our young seem to spend a great deal of money buying food/designer coffees/etc before and after school, can I assume that we're giving our children too much to spend?

Either way, 26% is far too high so rather than celebrating, Cllr Christina Percival should stop celebrating, and as @kingstonpaul suggests, get them to look at the figures again! If it's still 26%, she should either resign or start doing her job.... idiot.
If this 26% is to be believed! I find it very sad given we're one of the wealthiest boroughs in the country. Surely it can't cost too much to inspire our young to kick/hit/pass a ball on a regular basis? What's more, as our young seem to spend a great deal of money buying food/designer coffees/etc before and after school, can I assume that we're giving our children too much to spend? Either way, 26% is far too high so rather than celebrating, Cllr Christina Percival should stop celebrating, and as @kingstonpaul suggests, get them to look at the figures again! If it's still 26%, she should either resign or start doing her job.... idiot. Culverin
  • Score: -1

6:34pm Tue 7 Jan 14

metis says...

We are clearly not living in the government approved manner!
We are clearly not living in the government approved manner! metis
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