Childhood obesity is one of the pressing issues of our generation. By the start of
primary school, almost a quarter of children in England are overweight or obese.
This rises to over a third by the time children leave Year 6. Obesity in children
starting Reception has risen for the second year in a row. Naturally, this issue is a
high priority for the government, and the recently published obesity strategy sets out
the responsibility we all have to support young people in meeting the challenge.
Obesity in children happens for complex reasons. Every child is influenced by many
factors and we do not have a full understanding of how these factors interact when it
comes to individual children. However, the messages reaching children need to
consistently reinforce the importance of choices that lead to better health. Without
this, the attractions of sugar, fat and inactivity will more often win the day over
Schools have an important role to play in reinforcing these