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Obsesity rates for Year 6 kids in Tower Hamlets 'spiralling'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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More must be done to combat spiralling childhood obesity rates in Tower Hamlets, health and education professionals have said.

More than 42% of Year 6 children in the borough are obese or overweight, according to Public Health statistics.

This rate has not fallen for many years and is significantly higher than the London average of 37.7%.

In a report to Tower Hamlets Health and Well-being Board Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health, said: “Although a wide range of activity is taking place (to combat childhood obesity), refreshed strategic direction is needed that identifies where we are having most and least impact and how we can best work in partnership to maximise outcomes.”

Public Health has set up meeting between parents, residents and children to find out how they can better bring obesity rates down.

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Sharp rise seen in children with mental health problems

Figures obtained by the BBC show there’s been a significant increase in the number of primary school children referred to mental health services over the last three years.

Data from 46 health trusts, including Cumbria, indicates the number rose by nearly 50% to more than 31,500, figures described by the College of Royal Psychiatrists as "deeply worrying".

The Department for Education says it is determined to improve mental health support, but the headteacher of Pennine Way Primary School in Carlisle, Sue Blair, says "the crisis is really acute".

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