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 Join the Great Weight Debate and help tackle childhood obesity

Local residents are invited to share their views on how children can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a London-wide campaign The Great Weight Debate – a London conversation on childhood obesity.

 NHS Southwark CCG has joined London councils and NHS organisations to launch the Great Weight Debate and is encouraging residents to complete a short survey to share their views on childhood obesity.

 London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York. Over a third of all children in London are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.   

 Obese children are at 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.

 Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Chair of Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "We need to have a conversation about childhood obesity. We would like as many residents as possible to have their say; parents, carers, grandparents, young people, community groups and schools

 "Together we can make a real difference to the health, lives and futures of the children in our borough."

 As well as the health and emotional problems overweight and obese children face there is also a high probability that they will become obese and overweight adults. Overweight and obese adults are at risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and premature death.

 Why we need to act:​

  • On average, 11 to 18 year olds consume three times more than the recommended amount of sugar every day
  • The average 'chicken shop' meal of chicken, chips and a drink contains 70% of an adult's daily calories
  • The average child in England spends six hours a day in front of a screen
  • Only 28 per cent of children in England achieve the recommended daily activity levels

The Great Weight Debate survey can be completed online at

The Great Weight Debate is being coordinated by the Healthy London Partnership which is working with London boroughs, the capital's 32 Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Greater London Authority, NHS England and Public Health England.