Haringey CCG supports Great Weight Debate on childhood obesity

Residents in Haringey are being invited to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a new London-wide campaign.

Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting The Great Weight Debate – a London conversation on childhood obesity’, which has been launched by Haringey Council and other boroughs and NHS organisations.

On Sunday 23 October, the Great Weight Debate roadshow will be coming to Tottenham Green Market in Haringey, from 11:00am – 4:00pm, to promote healthy eating and living. There will be fun, interactive educational resources for parents and carers as well as physical activities for kids to get involved in.

As part of the campaign, residents are also being invited to complete a short survey to share their views on childhood obesity and what they think can be done to tackle it in our borough.

London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York, Sydney, Paris or Madrid. It also has a higher rate of obesity than anywhere else in the country with more than a third of all children in London overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.

Dr Peter Christian, a local GP and Chair of Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Childhood obesity is a huge public health issue. We’re encouraging as many Haringey residents as possible to have their say in what we can do to help children lead healthier lives. Obese and overweight children are at increased risk of a range of health problems and the Great Weight Debate aims to raise awareness of London’s childhood obesity epidemic and help galvanise change.”

Obese children are at increased risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties. Being overweight or obese can affect a child’s mental well-being, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school which can affect their learning.

If you would like more information about Haringey’s free weight management support for residents please visit the One You Haringey website.