Residents in Brent are being invited to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a new London-wide campaign The Great Weight Debate - a London conversation on childhood obesity.
Today, Brent has joined councils and NHS organisations across London to launch the Great Weight Debate and is encouraging all residents to complete a short survey to share their views on childhood obesity and what they think can be done to tackle it.
London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York, Sydney, Paris or Madrid. It also has a higher rate of obesity than anywhere else in the country with more than a third of all children in London overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.
Obese children are at increased risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties. Being overweight or obese can affect a child's mental well-being, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school which can affect their learning.
Children in Brent have worse than average levels of childhood obesity. Around 10.5 per cent of children aged 4 to 5 years and 24.1 per cent of children aged 10 to 11 years are obese.
Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: "It's time we had a conversation with our residents about obesity and raised awareness on this issue which is causing us great concern in Brent. We would like as many residents as possible to have their say; parents, carers, grandparents, young people, community groups and schools. Together we can make a real difference to the health, lives and futures of the children in our Borough".
The Great Weight Debate is just part of the work the borough is doing to make sure children have healthier lives. Brent Council is encouraging schools to sign up to The Daily Mile.
You can also join the Great Weight Debate on twitter using the hashtag #greatweightdebate
More details can be found on the Great Weight Debate website.
They can also join the Great Weight Debate on twitter using the hashtag #greatweightdebate