£140,000 to tackle child obe­sity cri­sis

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

PUBLIC health bosses are to throw a £140,000 cash pot into projects de­signed to get chil­dren off the couch and eat­ing healthy food.

The money will be given in grants to or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups which come up with projects to tackle the epi­demic of child­hood obe­sity in Birm­ing­ham.

The city has one of the high­est rates in the UK with a quar­ter of ten-year-olds clin­i­cally obese and 40 per cent over­weight by the time they leave pri­mary school.

The prob­lem is also an in­creas­ing drain on health ser­vices and the wider econ­omy.

Now, projects aimed at re­duc­ing youth obe­sity which can raise money via the Crowd­fun­der web­site can ap­ply for a top-up grant from Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil.

Birm­ing­ham’s di­rec­tor of public health Adrian Phillips said: “There is no sin­gle so­lu­tion to tack­ling health is­sues among young peo­ple, how­ever, we be­lieve that some of the best ideas ex­ist at grass­roots level, with peo­ple who live and work with them – we want to en­gage com­mu­nity sup­port and help make some of those ideas hap­pen.”

He said that life ex­pectancy in Birm­ing­ham fell be­low the na­tional av­er­age, with men peak­ing at 77.6 years (79.4 years is the av­er­age in Eng­land) and women at 82.2 years com­pared with 83.1 years for Eng­land.

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