A Change of Focus – My Schools out aims to tackle child obesity
A recent government survey has revealed that nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese. And younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression.
We’re making it our aim to help lower obesity levels with our services. This will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. In fact overweight adults are seven times more likely to become a type diabetic than those of a healthy weight. This can lead to blindness or limb amputation. They are also more likely to be depressed, and turn to medication to get rid of their man boobs or excess weight.
The economic costs are great, too. We spend more each year on the treatment of obesity and diabetes than we do on the police, fire service and judicial system combined. The NHS spent £5.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014. This is even more than Gary Lineker’s BBC salary.