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Child obesity in Bexley rises by nearly 10 per cent in six years

PUBLISHED: 12:01 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 02 March 2016

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Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has criticised government action

New figures released by Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan show Bexley’s child obesity rate has rocketed by nearly 10 per cent since 2010.

22.5 per cent of children aged 10-11 in the borough are currently classed as obese.

This compares with 20.6 per cent of the same age group in 2010.

Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, said: “Across London almost a quarter of 10-11 year olds are clinically obese and the figure is going up every year. It is particularly bad in Bexley – having increased by 9.3 per cent since 2010.

“The Government has no answer to the country’s growing obesity crisis. They have failed to deliver a lasting legacy from the Olympics, they have consistently failed to deliver health improvements, and now they are delaying the very thing they hope might address that shortfall.

“A national sugar tax could play a significant role in solving the obesity crisis and it is frustrating that the Government is ruling it out. When you also consider the drastic cuts to public health funding this could have terrible consequences for the health of Londoners. The Government needs to think again.”

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