London Borough of Croydon

Infographic showing percentage (1 in 5) of obese children in primary school

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  • Obesity causes harm. Children and young people who are overweight or obese are more likely to be ill and be absent from school. They are more likely to have asthma, sleep problems, lower self-esteem, pre-diabetes, and pain in their joints and muscles. Overweight children are much more likely to be overweight adults, where even more serious health consequences occur. Watch this video to learn about the health issues children may experience as a result of being obese or overweight.
     
  • In Croydon, one in five children starting primary school are overweight or obese and by the time they reach secondary school, this has increased to more than one in three. These figures are higher than both the London and national average, and are increasing over time. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our borough.

Other work going on in Croydon to tackle childhood obesity

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