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Consultation around supporting children to achieve and maintain a healthy weight


Children are becoming overweight and obese at younger ages and staying so for longer, and there are concerns about the impact of this continuing into adulthood.

Background

In County Durham our rates of excess weight (overweight and obese) in children remain significantly worse than those for England as a whole. In 2016/17 in County Durham:

  • 24.1% of children aged 4-5 were overweight or obese compared to the England average of 22.6%. This is the equivalent of around 1400 children aged 4-5 or 46 classrooms of children in the county.
  • 37.7 % of children aged 10-11 were overweight or obese compared to the England average of 34.2%. This is the equivalent of around 2000 children or 67 classrooms of children in the county.

In County Durham, all children, of all ages, and their families can currently access information, advice and support to help them maintain a healthy weight either by seeking this themselves or by referral from a professional who is working with them.

What are we consulting on?

We would like to hear your views on:

  • the factors you think are important in influencing a child's ability to maintain a healthy weight
  • what, if any, support you think should be available for children who are overweight and their families
  • at what point in a child's life this support should be offered and where it would be best provided

Have your say

The closing date for comments was Friday 14 September 2018.

What happens next?

A summary of consultation results will be available by the end of 2018.

The findings will help us to develop clear recommendations for how we can best offer local support to children to help them maintain a healthy weight. They will also help us to support children identified as having excess weight through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

Contact us
Public Health
03000 264 109
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Adult and Health Services
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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