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Childhood obesity levels in Merseyside
A major factor in childhood obesity is lack of exercise - walking and cycling should normally form part of a healthy lifestyle, but can be prevented by dangerous roads. Diet also plays a part in obesity, but average calorie intakes have fallen compared to several decades ago, when obesity was much less of a problem.

These are the figures from Public Health England for the prevalence of obesity at aged 10-11 (2015/16) [1]:

Sefton19.9%
Wirral20.7%
Liverpool23.8%
Knowsley24.0%
St Helens24.4%.
England average19.8%

So all Merseyside boroughs have levels above the England average - and England has poor figures compared to the rest of western Europe.

Obesity in children has serious long-term consequences:

"four-fifths of obese children will remain obese as adults and this will result in them losing between 10-20 years of healthy life" (Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) [2]



Sources


[1] Public Health England: https://healthierlives.phe.org.uk/topic/public-health-dashboard/comparisons#par/E92000001/ati/102/iid//sexId//gid/1938133162/pat/102 (viewed 23.1.18).

[2] https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news/fragmented-approach-child-health-damaging-long-term-health-nation-warns-royal-college (viewed 23.1.18).





Last updated: 17 Jun 2018