Children from deprived areas are almost twice as likely to be obese than those in affluent areas, according to a report featured by Sky News…
Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England, believes the problem is getting worse: “It suggests that we need to do more in terms of focusing on this public health problem by engaging the hearts and minds of families,” he says.
“Schools and communities need to tackle this complex epidemic.”
Deprived areas such as the London Borough of Newham regularly rank highly in the national obesity league tables.
But one school in the borough says it is on track to break that trend.
Brampton Primary School is providing exercise classes for pupils run by parents like Connie King.
“The kids are now wanting to do exercise,” she says. “They’re mixing it with play and seeing it can actually be a form of exercise”.
The school believes encouraging extra sporting activity alongside compulsory physical education classes is a step in the right direction.
Exercise co-ordinator Patrick Stewart says getting parents on board is what makes the scheme at Brampton Primary School unique, though It is too early to tell whether the exercise classes have made a difference.
“Sometimes when you look at kids and then look at the parents, they’re also obese,” he says. “You have to target both sides; target the parents and target the kids as well.”