Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, said that his plan for childhood obesity will be announced by the end of the year, and will focus on changes at home
Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, has said that his plan for childhood obesity will be announced by the end of the year, and will focus on changes at home.
It will also look at the mental health of people who are classified obese and may have trouble dealing with it, in order to “be very careful that we don’t stigmatise or demonise those people”, Hunt said at the annual Public Health England conference.
He continued: "There is some evidence from the US that the most rapid period of weight gain is during the school holidays… so it can't be a school-based agenda it has to be a family-based agenda."
“The plan will be an integrated, cross-government approach that draws on what needs to happen in terms of children walking to school, transport, physical activity in schools, the way products are marketed to children, the way that fast food outlets are able to set up in schools… as well as the very basic issues of diet,” the health minister said.
NHS England’s aim is to also educate obese parents who may not want to be told directly how to lose weight themselves, through providing information to help their children, he said.
“The reason childhood obesity matters, and works, is because whilst adults don’t like being told by the state, and certainly don’t like being told by politicians what they should or shouldn’t eat they are interested in knowing what’s healthy for their children,” he added.