Nutrition and obesity

One in three children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. This increase is leading to more cases of type 2 diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure in children. We campaign for politicians to tackle it and help deal with the serious clinical and family consequences for those treating or suffering from related conditions.

State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at the evidence on child health outcomes and data trends.

A wealth of research links breastfeeding to positives for both baby and mother, and there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through breast milk. We updated our position statement in May 2021.
We responded to the Government's green paper on advancing our health in the 2020s, including plans to challenge the food industry and commission an infant feeding survey.
Growth is an important indicator of a child's health. Our charts allow health professionals to plot and measure a child's height, weight and BMI - from birth to young adulthood.


We are part of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations with expertise in tackling obesity. Our calls to action include our push to restricting junk food advertising before the 9pm watershed.

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