Your views sought on Brent’s childhood obesity problem

2 September 2019

People with speech bubbles in fieldA special meeting for residents, parents and community groups to have their say on the problem of childhood obesity will be taking place at Brent Civic Centre on Tuesday 10 September.

The Scrutiny Open Session has been organised by Councillors to hear directly from parents and community organisations, find out their views, and give them the chance to input into a review about childhood obesity in the borough.

Brent has some of the highest recorded childhood obesity rates in London. In 2017/18 there was an obesity rate of 15% for children in Reception Year in local schools and a 28% rate for children in Year 6 of primary school; in addition, 15% of Reception children and 16% of Year 6 children were recorded as overweight.

The free event will include a panel discussion, Q&A, and workshop.

Cllr Ketan Sheth, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee said:

“The facts speak for themselves: we have a real problem with childhood obesity. This event on 10 September is a fantastic opportunity for mums, dads, parents and other interested residents to have their say, learn more about the situation and inform a scrutiny review which is looking at what more we can do.”

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said:

“The UK is one of the heaviest nations in Europe and childhood obesity rates are continuing to get worse. Unfortunately, like many inner city neighbourhoods with high levels of deprivation, Brent is not immune to this growing crisis. This event is a chance for us to collaborate with our residents and find appropriate solutions to what has become a very serious issue.”

Brent Council’s Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee set up the task group in July and over the summer it has been meeting with NHS organisations, groups involved in early years’ services, community food growing organisations, and many others.

The event on Tuesday 10 September will be in the Conference Hall at Brent Civic Centre. Registration starts at 6.30pm and the main event will be from 7-8.30pm. Book your place through Eventbrite or contact James Diamond at Brent Council’s Scrutiny and Policy Team on 020 8937 1068 or scrutiny@brent.gov.uk.