Following figures released today that show that the levels of obesity in Suffolk have not improved over the last 12 months Labour’s Cllr Helen Armitage has made the following statement.
“This is a shocking state of affairs that is going to limit the life chances of the children in Suffolk and something that must be combatted.
“Children in this county are caught in the perfect storm of highly processed food that does not give enough nutritional value, an increase in technology that means children are more sedentary, the sale of school playing fields and the increased parental concern about children being out of their view. This means that more calories are being consumed whilst the amount of exercise that children do is considerably less than it was in the past.
“The local authority needs to do more to support getting our children active. We have the most active county programme which it appears to be missing the target. This is a great shame and something that needs to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.
“What is it about the first six years of school life that makes our children obese? We need to ensure that all schools provide enough opportunities for exercise in order to combat this huge public health issue and limit the increased costs obesity will cause in the future.
“It is obvious that early years providers give enough outdoor play to ensure good health, so what goes wrong between the ages of 4 and 10?”