Bromley sees third greatest fall in child obesity rates in the capital

PUBLISHED: 16:57 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:58 01 March 2016

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The figures come from Labour’s mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan

Data uncovered by Labour’s London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan show that Bromley has seen childhood obesity rates drop impressively since 2011.

Bromley saw the third highest drop in child obesity rates, by nearly 11 per cent since figures were published in 2011.

The only borough’s to see better performance were Islington and Kensington and Chelsea.

But Labour MP Sadiq Khan has criticised the government for not tackling a “growing obesity crisis” in the capital.

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.

“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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