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The triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, hidden hunger and overweight – threatens the survival, growth and development of children and young people worldwide. Well-nourished children are better able to grow, learn, participate in their communities and be resilient in the face of adversity. It is vital that health policy and practice recognise the distinct needs and ensure that services are tailored to meet the changing needs of young people. Investing in the learner now is an investment in the future.
In the UK:
• 1 in 4 school pupils aged 11-15 are obese
• 1 in 4 secondary school children say they don’t get enough sleep
• Teenagers consume on average 8 times the recommended daily sugar allowance
• Only 1 in 12 young people aged 11-18 in the UK eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
• Approximately 36,000 children and young people under 19 have diabetes in the UK
• London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city
• 9 in 10 young females and 8 in 10 young males don’t meet the government guidelines for physical activity.
• Obese children in England are more than twice as likely to live in the most deprived areas compared with better-off areas and this gap is increasing over time.
• Poor children are more likely than better off children to suffer from poor health as a result of food insecurity.
• Over 60% of paediatricians surveyed throughout the UK in late 2016 said that food insecurity contributed to the ill health amongst children they treat.
‘How Can We Feed All Children Better?’ will look at how we can achieve better health and nutrition outcomes for children and young people by 2030; how we can inspire young people to eat better and reduce addiction to salt, fat and sugar; how we can prioritise getting good food back on the menu at schools and reduce the rates of food insecurity and obesity.
This Dialogue will be UK focussed but there is an opportunity to have an international group should there be participants who want to take part and have their ideas heard.