DoH fails to warn parents about childhood obesity

The DoH has failed to inform parents of almost a quarter of a million primary school children in England and Wales that their child is overweight or obese.

The DoH recently boasted of an 80 per cent uptake rate on the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in 2006/7 after a dismal 48 per cent show in the previous year.

But while 239,021 children in the first and last years of primary school were identified as being overweight or obese in 2006/7, there was no system for informing parents or giving advice. 

Commons Health Select Committee chairman Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, said: ‘Why bother measuring kids if you aren't going to give them some advice about something that potentially could be life threatening?

‘The predicted levels of childhood obesity in this country in 20 years time are quite alarming and it seems to me that who measures, what they measure and then what they do with that information is going to be crucially important to public health in the 21st century.'

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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