A report from Essex County Council’s health overview committee analysed the increasing national and local trend in the prevalence of obesity in children aged four to 11.
The analysis showed in Basildon and Castle Point obesity was prominent, particularly with Year 6 pupils, where between 19 and 21 per cent were clinically obese.
Let me guess, based on the highly inaccurate BMI measurement?
The one the NHS still uses, despite the constant year-on-year bad PR it gets them?
Councillor Margaret Fisher, said: “With obesity trends still increasing, a co-ordinated all-systems approach needs to be taken to look at a child’s community, home, school and local business environments and embed healthy living in those domains.
“National evidence suggests it is important to influence lifestyles at an early age as it is difficult to treat obesity once it is established. “
I presume by ‘local business environments’ this cretin means ‘number of takeaways’..?
Kevin Blake, Basildon Councillor responsible for leisure and art, said: “I’m disappointed really. Parents need to make sure their children get exercise, rather than just sitting straight down to watch TV.
“Staying healthy doesn’t have to cost money. Families could go for bike rides, or walks.”
Well, quite. But perhaps when they look at their children they see normal weights, not ‘obesity’? So they simply disregard the whinging from the so-called ‘experts’?
And who could blame them?