Young people in Ilford and Redbridge must be given the chance to get active for an hour each day if the Borough is ever to call time on childhood obesity, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has warned.
Mike Gapes MP joined other top politicians, including Public Health Minister Anna Soubry, at a summit meeting convened by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to discuss how to fight the causes of childhood obesity.
The latest figures from the National Child Measurement Programme show 23.6 per cent of Year 6 children in Redbridge are obese.
During the event, Mike Gapes MP heard how there must be more encouragement for young people to get active including raising awareness of the fact children and young people in Redbridge should be getting at least an hour of physical activity each day.
He also learnt how children must be better protected from junk food marketing, while parents must be helped to make better choices about the food they buy for their family.
Mike Gapes MP said: “ We are in a battle with childhood obesity and the rising tide is not going to subside without action from politicians, parents, schools and children themselves.
“ Just an hour of physical activity each day can be part of the solution. We also need to look at helping parents make better choices about the food they’re serving up, while protecting the next generation from the dangers of sophisticated junk food marketing, both on the TV and online.
“The British Heart Foundation’s summit was a real eye-opener about the scale of the problem and I’ll be working hard with the charity to make sure we tackle it head on."
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