Local MP calls on Government to do more to tackle childhood obesity amid ‘concerning’ stats for Wirral

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07 Dec 2018
Margaret Greenwood MP has attended an event in Parliament to support calls for the Government to do more to reduce childhood obesity and to make children’s health a priority.

The event was organised by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA), a coalition of over 40 leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups working together to influence national policy by calling for evidence-based population health measures to reduce obesity.

Figures provided by the OHA show that the percentage of children aged four to five in Wirral who have a weight classified as overweight or obese is 25.6%. The percentage nationally is 22.6%.

Currently, one in three children in England leave primary school with excess weight or obesity.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“I was pleased to be able to attend this important event in Parliament highlighting the problem of childhood obesity in the UK.

“The figures for Wirral are a matter of real concern. With more than a quarter of four to five year olds here being classed as having excess weight or being obese, it is clear that urgent action is needed to address this matter. 

“I will continue to press the government to do all it can to tackle this serious issue.”

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