Local MP calls on Government to do more to tackle childhood obesity amid ‘concerning’ stats for Wirral
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07 Dec 2018
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
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
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.”