Nutrition and obesity

One in three children in the UK are obese by age 9. 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.

Its benefits are beyond question, but rates in the UK remain low. We support national policies conducive to breastfeeding as well as advice and support to new parents.
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.

Campaigning

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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Resources on nutrition and obesity

What do you think of sugar?

We asked the children at Christopher Hatton primary school earlier this year. Here's what they had to say!