Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle rising rates of obesity among children in England.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Obesity rates in children are not rising. They fell between 2011 and 2012 to 13.7%, the lowest level since 1998.

However, rates remain too high and we are committed to further progress on child obesity and have a well-developed and wide-ranging programme of actions. These include working with a wide range of partners including Public Health England, NHS England, other Government Departments including the Department for Education and Department for Transport, and industry through the Public Health Responsibility Deal. Key initiatives include Change4Life, the National Child Measurement Programme, Change4Life Sports Clubs and School Sports Funding.

Our national ambition for a downward trend in excess weight in children by 2020 requires collective action by Government, businesses, health and care professionals, and individuals.


Health Survey for England, 2012. All children aged 2 to 15.

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