National Obesity Awareness

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Members of Parliament and local schoolchildren put their nutritional knowledge to the test at the House of Commons for National Obesity Awareness Week.

Rob Flello, Chair of the All-Party Group for Adult and Child Obesity, and Steve Pound, MP for Ealing North, teamed up with pupils from Featherstone Primary, Berrymede Junior School and Horsenden Primary for a quiz, which was chaired by London deputy mayor Lady Victoria Borwick.

The quiz was organised by the Eat Like A Champ programme run by Danone, a Change4Life partner scheme designed to promote healthy diet and lifestyles amongst primary school pupils aged nine to 10, and took place on January 12.

Professor David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “The findings of the National Child Measurement Programme were shocking but sadly not unexpected. There are too many young people who are not being exposed to the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity, particularly in deprived areas. Instead, they are largely sedentary and much of their diet consists of poor quality foods that are high in calories, sugars and fats. This has consequences for children’s long-term health outcomes.”

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