East Lancs child obesity at crisis proportion

Child obesity is a major problem in E Lancs. Picture posed by models

Child obesity is a major problem in E Lancs. Picture posed by models

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

DOCTORS have called for an emergency ‘Cobra-style’ taskforce to tackle an imminent childhood obesity crisis.

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said a national Child Obesity Action Group should be set up ‘as a matter of urgency’, while a senior Lancashire medic called for politicians to pay less heed to junk food lobbyists.

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Figures published earlier this year showed nearly one in five Year 6 pupils in Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle, are obese. This puts youngsters in the four boroughs among the fattest in Europe.

Dr David Wrigley, who represents Lancashire doctors on the British Medical Association, said: “It is vital there is a joined- up focus on obesity and everyone needs to play their part – doctors, politicians, the food industry, big supermarket chains and, of course, the advertising industry.

“If we all support and help our patients then we can tackle this increasing obesity problem. It is time our politicians acted in the best interests of patients rather than allow themselves to be persuaded by the well resourced food industry lobbyists.”

Dominic Harrison, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, has also been fiercely critical of the government’s lack of action in this area, and linked obesity to poverty.

He has suggested limiting the number of fast-food outlets in problem areas, as well as increasing the tax on sugary food and drinks.

Dr Rachel Pryke, clinical lead for nutrition at the RCGP, said: “Overweight children are being set up for a lifetime of sickness. We are in danger of destroying the health of a whole generation.

“As parents and health professionals, we need to take responsibility and ensure every child has a healthy and varied diet and regular exercise.

“We cannot allow our young people to become malnourished, squandering their childhood and vitality hunched over computer consoles and gorging on junk food.

“We have reached a state of emergency with childhood obesity and the current threat to public health is most definitely severe.”

The doctors point out that obesity can lead to cancer and many other diseases, including diabetes.

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5:29pm Fri 5 Sep 14

East_lancs_lad says...

This is nobody else's fault apart from their lazy parents. It is far easier these days to shut a child up with junk food whilst the parents watch Jeremy Kyle. Themselves become fat because they don't get off their axrse all day and do some proper work or exercise. This rubs off on their children and hay bingo we have another fat child. Do these parents not realise the pressure they impose on their children by allowing them to become this way. It should be compulsory that obese children have additional daily exercise during their school day.
This is nobody else's fault apart from their lazy parents. It is far easier these days to shut a child up with junk food whilst the parents watch Jeremy Kyle. Themselves become fat because they don't get off their axrse all day and do some proper work or exercise. This rubs off on their children and hay bingo we have another fat child. Do these parents not realise the pressure they impose on their children by allowing them to become this way. It should be compulsory that obese children have additional daily exercise during their school day. East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 12

6:46pm Fri 5 Sep 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I agree, you rarely see a fat kid with thin parents. They need to target the parents harder, be it with education or fines.
I agree, you rarely see a fat kid with thin parents. They need to target the parents harder, be it with education or fines. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 12

8:27pm Fri 5 Sep 14

darting damo says...

I'm fat but my kids aren't. Do I win £5?
I'm fat but my kids aren't. Do I win £5? darting damo
  • Score: 4

9:32pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Bellypork says...

Bloody rubbish. Off for a pizza, 10 pints and a kebab...........
Bloody rubbish. Off for a pizza, 10 pints and a kebab........... Bellypork
  • Score: 3

11:30pm Fri 5 Sep 14

ikap22 says...

East_lancs_lad wrote:
This is nobody else's fault apart from their lazy parents. It is far easier these days to shut a child up with junk food whilst the parents watch Jeremy Kyle. Themselves become fat because they don't get off their axrse all day and do some proper work or exercise. This rubs off on their children and hay bingo we have another fat child. Do these parents not realise the pressure they impose on their children by allowing them to become this way. It should be compulsory that obese children have additional daily exercise during their school day.
Well said son!
[quote][p][bold]East_lancs_lad[/bold] wrote: This is nobody else's fault apart from their lazy parents. It is far easier these days to shut a child up with junk food whilst the parents watch Jeremy Kyle. Themselves become fat because they don't get off their axrse all day and do some proper work or exercise. This rubs off on their children and hay bingo we have another fat child. Do these parents not realise the pressure they impose on their children by allowing them to become this way. It should be compulsory that obese children have additional daily exercise during their school day.[/p][/quote]Well said son! ikap22
  • Score: 1

11:18am Sat 6 Sep 14

juanbbien says...

If people want to eat what they want and get fat let them,You are rarely going to change someone's mind set,it's like someone who exercises and eats healthily aren't going to start eating junk food,
If people want to eat what they want and get fat let them,You are rarely going to change someone's mind set,it's like someone who exercises and eats healthily aren't going to start eating junk food, juanbbien
  • Score: -2

1:04pm Sat 6 Sep 14

doggydog says...

too easy to nip to the takeaway. To many takeawys dont help neither!
too easy to nip to the takeaway. To many takeawys dont help neither! doggydog
  • Score: 2
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