Figures reveal a quarter of our kids are too fat
County council contracts outside firm to tackle the problem
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.