Obesity: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28 February 2022.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the finding in the National Child Measurement Programme for England in the 2020-21 school year that children living in the most deprived areas were more than twice as likely to be obese than those living in the least deprived areas, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of her Department's policies on child obesity.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are delivering a programme to create a healthier environment to help children and adults achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Over £4.4 million was allocated to 11 local authorities to deliver child and family weight management services, for children identified as overweight or living with obesity through the National Child Measurement Programme.

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