Childhood and Teenage Obesity
Healthy child development is fundamental for good health and happy life; a child’s early years lay down the foundation on which the rest of their lives are built. In London 1 in 4 of reception age (4-5 years) and 4 in 10 of Year 6 (age 10-11) children are either overweight or obese. This phenomenon is then evident as children become adults and the percentages become even more alarming.
Lambeth percentages of overweight and obese children:
Child, parent and school education alongside regular physical activity will not only deal with childhood and teenage obesity issues but help prevent this problem in the future. At BPT we offer free physical activities to all members of the Princes ward and the wider Lambeth community and are now seeking to build on this by introducing structured educational sessions to run alongside the physical activities. A combination of factors is the proven answer to weight issues and BPT intends to design programmes to cover all issues.
To enhance our already existing commitment to Child and Teenage Obesity BPT will work towards multi component intervention programme with parents and their children covering education, behavioural changes and additional family based activity. BPT is also seeking to offer capacity building to local schools to help them address these issues within the school curriculum.