‘Parents should do more to educate their children on healthy way of life’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An overweight woman as predictions that half the British population will be obese by 2050 “underestimate” the scale of the obesity crisis, a report suggests An overweight woman as predictions that half the British population will be obese by 2050 “underestimate” the scale of the obesity crisis, a report suggests

People in Bradford think parents should do more to prevent child obesity, according to a snapshot poll conducted by the Telegraph & Argus.

The T&A took to the streets to gauge public opinion on the issue after a new report suggested predictions that half the British population will be obese by 2050 “underestimate” the scale of the obesity crisis.

The UK is in danger of surpassing predictions of a 2007 report which estimated that 50 per cent of the nation would be obese by 2050, the National Obesity Forum (NOF) said.

The forum’s latest report calls on health officials to introduce hard-hitting awareness campaigns – similar to those for smoking – to try to stem the problem.

With 35 per cent of Bradford children currently overweight or obese, the T&A asked people in the city centre for their views on the root of the problem.

Two thirds said they thought parents should be doing more, while some blamed a lack of education about nutrition and fitness in the classroom.

The introduction of the National Childhood Measurement Programme to schools has already been welcomed by many parents across the city.

Nevertheless, with children being measured only twice, in reception class and year 6, many are calling out for more frequent measurements in order to prevent extensive weight gain throughout primary school.

The NOF is also recommending that GPs should be routinely checking the height and weight of children.

Some people also pointed to the cost of leisure centre activities in Bradford as an off-putting factor.

Some reductions are already available thanks to the ‘Passport to Leisure’ scheme, which offers discounts to both adults and children on each visit to the leisure centre.

Meanwhile, Bradford Council has continued to increase the range of sports activities available, especially during school half-term.

Within Bradford, there are currently nine schemes that aim to re-educate families about healthy living. All of these plans are part of the Bradford district food strategy, designed to “support educational initiatives across all sectors of the community to raise awareness of the production of food and its role in supporting health”.

The council’s Good Food Advice Stall in Oastler Market is already proving to be a hit with local shoppers, with up to 12 events each month providing tips about weight management, food disposal and growing food.

To find out more about Bradford’s weight management programmes, call (01274) 435387.

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10:36am Tue 14 Jan 14

Albion. says...

When you see so many pushchair riding toddlers clutching Greggs products. It seems evident that a "start as you mean to go on" mentality is a major contributing factor.
When you see so many pushchair riding toddlers clutching Greggs products. It seems evident that a "start as you mean to go on" mentality is a major contributing factor. Albion.

1:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Denholmelass says...

It also has a lot to do with all the electrical tablets and X.Box and such. Children don't play out and run about now like they used to do, A lot of them are sat indoors for hours on end playing games. You can't blame what they eat all the time it is lack of fresh air and exercise a lot of the time.
It also has a lot to do with all the electrical tablets and X.Box and such. Children don't play out and run about now like they used to do, A lot of them are sat indoors for hours on end playing games. You can't blame what they eat all the time it is lack of fresh air and exercise a lot of the time. Denholmelass

6:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

steve10 says...

Most of the time you see that Fat parents have Fat kids all that's said above is true. looks like the government would like to tax everyone on certain foods fat or thin it would just be another stealth tax.
Most of the time you see that Fat parents have Fat kids all that's said above is true. looks like the government would like to tax everyone on certain foods fat or thin it would just be another stealth tax. steve10

7:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Lazy 3rd generation idiots, should be sterilized.
Lazy 3rd generation idiots, should be sterilized. alive and awake

8:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

lazybeat says...

its even more amazing to see parent buying their kids energy drinks, like red bull. I blame the parents for 95% of the problems.
its even more amazing to see parent buying their kids energy drinks, like red bull. I blame the parents for 95% of the problems. lazybeat

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