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National Obesity Forum chairman calls for children to lose ‘lockdown weight’

11 Aug 2020
Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, has called on schoolchildren to be weighed when they return to school and again in the spring to check they have lost their ‘lockdown weight’, it was reported by the Evening Standard.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis thousands of schools were closed across the UK resulting in millions of children not exercising during scheduled physical education (PE) lessons. At the start of lockdown Joe Wicks hosted PE lessons to try and keep UK schoolchildren healthy.

Fry told the Evening Standard: “Schools have to do something about it. We have to measure them in September and again in spring to see if what has been creeping up during this enforced period of inactivity has been countered by being back at school.”

The National Obesity Forum aims to reverse the high levels of obesity present in the UK.

Food for Life’s State of the Nation report, published in January 2020, found that nine out of ten pre-school children eat too much sugar and as many as four in ten children leaving primary school are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2024. The report also revealed that UK families eat the most ultra-processed foods in Europe.