Fresh approach needed to tackle obesity crisis, urge Public Health Croydon

Obesity has become the norm for Croydon children, experts said

Obesity has become the norm for Croydon children, experts said

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A fresh approach to obesity is needed after a decade of failure to tackle the epidemic, a report has concluded.

Sweeping action is required to halt "an intergenerational cycle" that has led to more than half of Croydon adults being overweight and children growing up seeing obesity as normal, public health experts warned.

More than 170,000 of adults in the borough are overweight and 38 per cent of children aged 10 or 11 are obese, according to Public Health Croydon.

It estimates the cost of the crisis to Croydon will hit £11.2m by 2015, a rise of 24 per cent in eight years.

The body's joint strategic needs assessment, published this week, warned current policies targeting individuals were inadequate and would not reverse the growing obesity problem.

The report, written by health improvement principal Anna Kitt and public health consultant Sarah Nicholls, said: "A difference approach is needed to tackle obesity, because after a decade of government and local intervention there are few signs of a significant reduction in obesity levels.

"Tackling obesity is complex and requires action at every level, from the individual to society, and across all sectors."

It added: "In Croydon, there is an intergenerational cycle of obesity whereby child obesity tracks into adulthood and is associated with several physical and psychological comorbidities.

"This suggests that the next generation is likely to experience increased rates of morbidity and mortality if the obesity problem is not addressed."

Public Health Croydon, which became part of Croydon Council last year, called for the implementation an overarching strategy that would see obesity taken into account across council departments including planning, transport and education.

It recommendations include disadvantaged people's need for exercise being taken into account when considering planning applications, a school-building programme prioritising recreational space and attractive dining facilities, and help with weight management for women before and after pregnancy.

A Croydon Council spokesman said its health and wellbeing board would review the recommendations.

He added: "In the last year child obesity rates have stabilised and are beginning to fall.

"However we're not complacent, and we are tackling the issue with a community-wide approach, including partnership working for healthier workplaces, and healthier schools."

Last month the council announced plans to launch 12-week weight management courses for children aged between four and 12.

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12:36pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mr Strings says...

Croydon is full of fried chicken shops selling 'meal deals' for £1.99 or less. The only competitor at this price level is McDonalds. So it's hardly surprising the chicken shops are full of school kids at lunch time and after school.

You can't buy a healthy meal for that price.
Croydon is full of fried chicken shops selling 'meal deals' for £1.99 or less. The only competitor at this price level is McDonalds. So it's hardly surprising the chicken shops are full of school kids at lunch time and after school. You can't buy a healthy meal for that price. Mr Strings
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4:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

littleme27 says...

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http://weightwatcher slocal.co.uk/locatio n/Croydon%2C+Greater +London%2C+UK/2 littleme27
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5:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

angus h says...

"I lost 2 stone in under 12 months by following this one simple trick..."

No, not Weightwatchers or diet pill spam, I bought a bike. True story.

It's exercise you don't have to make time for, 'cause it's time you'd otherwise spend on the bus or in the car. Which given how busy most peoples' lives are, is a big help.

But unfortunately many of Croydon's roads are scary for most people - I wouldn't let my kids ride on, well, any of them, and my wife's too scared to. The main roads are often too narrow for decent bike lanes (18 inches of paint in the gutter really doesn't do any good, you're honestly better off riding in the traffic), but even the back roads are full of speeding, rat-running, anti-social a-holes.

Fix the roads, get rid of the rat runners (with bollards or by summary execution, I don't much mind which), give disadvantaged people cheap financing or other ways of getting a bike without shelling out too much (exercise on prescription? can get a pretty sweet bike for the cost of 6 months worth of generic type 2 diabetes medication), and put in secure bike parking with CCTV so peoples' bikes don't get nicked all the time.

I still like beer, cake, pizza and the occasional KFC, but just don't put on any weight - and feeling better from being lighter and fitter is brilliant motivation not to indulge quite so often.
"I lost 2 stone in under 12 months by following this one simple trick..." No, not Weightwatchers or diet pill spam, I bought a bike. True story. It's exercise you don't have to make time for, 'cause it's time you'd otherwise spend on the bus or in the car. Which given how busy most peoples' lives are, is a big help. But unfortunately many of Croydon's roads are scary for most people - I wouldn't let my kids ride on, well, any of them, and my wife's too scared to. The main roads are often too narrow for decent bike lanes (18 inches of paint in the gutter really doesn't do any good, you're honestly better off riding in the traffic), but even the back roads are full of speeding, rat-running, anti-social a-holes. Fix the roads, get rid of the rat runners (with bollards or by summary execution, I don't much mind which), give disadvantaged people cheap financing or other ways of getting a bike without shelling out too much (exercise on prescription? can get a pretty sweet bike for the cost of 6 months worth of generic type 2 diabetes medication), and put in secure bike parking with CCTV so peoples' bikes don't get nicked all the time. I still like beer, cake, pizza and the occasional KFC, but just don't put on any weight - and feeling better from being lighter and fitter is brilliant motivation not to indulge quite so often. angus h
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5:42pm Wed 4 Jun 14

christhegoth says...

The Mental Health Forum has a website with a Healthy Eating Guide at:

Http://cronxcuisine gothfiles org uk

Much as we believe education will sort out most of it there will be those who, for one reason or another, will continue to harm themselves by Comfort Eating & substance abusing with booze. Asking nicely just doesn't work with this small crowd, so you'll need to think about little nudges to get them back on track.
The Mental Health Forum has a website with a Healthy Eating Guide at: Http://cronxcuisine [dot] gothfiles [dot] org [dot] uk Much as we believe education will sort out most of it there will be those who, for one reason or another, will continue to harm themselves by Comfort Eating & substance abusing with booze. Asking nicely just doesn't work with this small crowd, so you'll need to think about little nudges to get them back on track. christhegoth
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6:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Crease2000 says...

Is that Anne Giles in the photo?
Is that Anne Giles in the photo? Crease2000
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