The Great Weight Debate

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Talk to us about childhood obesity

Take part in the Great Weight debate by filling in this short survey about what would help you to keep your family healthy. London has more seriously overweight children than any other global city.

Join the Great Weight Debate

Find out more about childhood obesity in London and make a pledge to improve your health and wellbeing on the Great Weight Debate website.

Services to help you to make a positive change

The council funds free services and activities to help keep your family healthy:

Childhood health sessions

These free, interactive classes help you give your children the best start in life and make healthy changes to your family’s lifestyle.

Find out more or book a childhood health session

Community Champions

Our volunteer champions offer advice, workshops and support to parents about making healthy choices.

Maternity Champions

View support for expectant and new parents

Free swimming

Enjoy free swimming and other discounts for children and young people under 19 with an ActiveWestminster card.

Accredited sports clubs 

Get involved with sport and physical activity with these ActiveWestminster accredited clubs.

Register for the Vitality Westminster Mile

Take part in the Vitality Westminster Mile, the most famous mile in the world, with your family on Sunday 28 May 2017.

Evidence shows that our environment in London makes it much harder for families to make healthy choices. There is widespread availability of cheap, high calorie foods 24/7, portion sizes are larger, unhealthy food is marketed to children and city environments can discourage walking and cycling.

The Great Weight Debate aims to make people more aware of this problem and hear what ideas they have for changes that can be made at a community and London-wide level.

Obese children are at increased risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties. Being overweight or obese can affect a child’s mental well-being, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school which can affect their learning.


Last updated: 7 December 2016
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