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Obesity crackdown on crisps in schools

Nearly 40 per cent of Camden’s schoolchildren are regarded as being overweight before they reach secondary school

27 November, 2017 — By Richard Osley

NEARLY 40 per cent of Camden’s schoolchildren are regarded as being overweight before they reach secondary school, according to Town Hall figures.

The rate of obesity has led to discussions at the council over how to act, with a new heathy living campaign being officially launched this week. It will urge schools, businesses and community groups across Camden to pledge to make healthy foodand drink more affordable and accessible and encourage more physical activity.

Camden schools chief Labour councillor Angela Mason told last Monday’s full council meeting: “Of four- to five-year-olds, 20 per cent are overweight, and 37.8 per cent of 10-11-year-olds are overweight. The Camden pledge is an initiative to get going on dealing with obesity and extra weight.” One school has reported that it has targeted the consumption of crisps, said Cllr Mason in a report to councillors, leading to “a decrease in the percentage of children eating crisps most days or every day from 62 per cent to 22 per cent”.

Conservative group leader Councillor Claire-Louise Leyland said: “I thought the example about children eating crisps and the reduction they were able to achieve in the one school that decided to target that is certainly a project that would be well worth ensuring is carried out across our family of schools.”

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