Eustace de Sousa, Public Health England’s deputy director for families, said last week obesity was an increasing concern for health professionals in England and Wales.
He pointed to statistics which show that at reception age 9.3% of children are obese. This rises to 18.9% in year 6. He said inequalities were a significant factor poorer children were often more likely to be obese, so the aim of PHE is to address this.
Nevertheless, de Sousa told the hall that he wanted to share some “positive stories we don’t often hear about in the press”, stating recent downward trends in numbers of young people who “smoke, drink and take drugs”.