Fig­ures re­veal a quar­ter of our kids are too fat

County coun­cil con­tracts out­side firm to tackle the prob­lem

Staines Informer - - FRONT PAGE - Eleanor Davis

MORE than a quar­ter of 10 and 11-year-olds in Sur­rey are over­weight or obese, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Na­tional Child Mea­sure­ment Pro­gramme.

This is a fac­tor in Sur­rey County Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to con­tract an out­side firm to tackle the prob­lem for the first time.

The Health Sur­vey for Eng­land 2014, looking at two to 15-year-olds, es­ti­mates around 62,000 chil­dren in the county are over­weight or obese.

The to­tal num­bers of over­weight and obese chil­dren in that age bracket had jumped from an es­ti­mated 53,966 in 2012 and 57,675 in 2013.

A pi­lot weight man­age­ment ser­vice for five to 19 year-olds and their fam­i­lies, was com­mis­sioned by Pub­lic Health and un­der­taken by the Cen­tral Sur­rey Health School Nurs­ing Team be­tween May 2015 and March 2016.

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Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, ‘mid-point eval­u­a­tion re­sults show pos­i­tive changes in diet and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity lev­els’ in both chil­dren and their par­ents or car­ers.

He­lyn Clack, Sur­rey’s cab­i­net mem­ber for well­be­ing and health de­ci­sions, ap­proved the award of a sin­gle re­port, coun­cil of­fi­cers said the Weight Man­age­ment Cen­tre pro­gramme had been cho­sen for its ‘proven ev­i­dence-based pro­gramme’ af­ter 25 sup­pli­ers ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the con­tract.

Cllr Clack said: “En­sur­ing our res­i­dents are at a healthy weight is a pri­or­ity for us and we have been work­ing with our dis­tricts and bor­oughs, as well as Pub­lic Health Eng­land, to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of ev­ery­one in Sur­rey.

“This in­cludes re­vis­ing the Eat Out Eat Well scheme, which en­cour­ages both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide health­ier food to those that eat in their premises, and achiev­ing the Work­place Well­be­ing Char­ter which tack­les healthy eat­ing within the work­place.”

A Sur­rey County Coun­cil spokesman said if the con­tract is ap­proved af­ter a ‘call in’ pe­riod, it will run for two years.

He­lyn Clack.

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