Date: 10 January 2018
Bromley CCG is calling on parents to ‘look for 100 calorie snacks, and only two a day max’ during January to continue the battle to reduce childhood obesity in the borough.
During January, and to support a national Change4Life campaign, parents in Bromley are being urged to switch to healthier snacks as a good way to reduce the amount of sugar their children consume.
According to Public Health England, children eat nearly three times more than the recommended amount of sugar, putting their health at risk. The campaign to switch to healthier snacks focuses attention on the fact that half the sugar that children consume comes from snacks and sugary drinks.
Although rates of childhood obesity in Bromley are lower than the average for London, there are worrying increases across the borough in the number of obese children in year six – 17.4 per cent of children in this year group were classed as obese at the end of 2016-17, up from 16 per cent in 2015-16.
Latest figures for childhood obesity also show that across England, the number of obese children in reception year has risen for the second consecutive year.
During January, parents in Bromley will be able to visit the Change4Life website to receive money-off vouchers for healthier snacks and helpful tips and ideas on how to bin those sugary snacks.
Parents can also visit the ‘living healthy, well and active’ section of Bromley My Life for information on how to get started with exercise and other healthier lifestyle changes, as well as how to access other useful advice and resources.
Bromley GP and Principal Clinical Director Dr Ruchira Paranjape said: “In Bromley, the percentage of children who are obese in their first year in primary school doubles by the time they reach their final year in primary school. This is concerning as excess weight can have a significant effect on a child’s happiness and quality of life, and it contributes significantly to the incidence and progression of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, circulatory disease and cancer.
“I would urge all parents to use this campaign as their reason to make a healthy swap and make healthy snacks a habit for life.”
Parents in Bromley are being urged to switch to healthier snacks as a good way to reduce the amount of sugar their children consume