The Liberal Democrats have urged Conservative Ministers to invest in local services to tackle childhood obesity following official figures revealing that 18.6% of children aged 10-11 across Sutton are obese.
According to the figures published by Public Health England, 20% children aged 10-11 across England are obese. The publication also reveals that half a million children in their final year of primary school are overweight or obese.
Obesity is linked to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers which are more likely to develop.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"We must respond to these childhood obesity statistics promptly and effectively to save the future health of our children. It is the responsibility of the Government to protect our youngest generation from detrimental, preventative health issues— yet, the Tories have clearly failed to do so.
"The Government may be too busy with their Brexit mess to care, but the Liberal Democrats demand action.
"We must help local government acquire the tools necessary to handle childhood obesity, reinstate funding into public health budgets, and close loopholes in the sugary drinks’ tax. Our children deserve better."