Dec 14 2011

MEND responds to rising obesity in primary school leavers

Paul Sacher, paediatric dietitian and chief research officer at MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!), an organisation that provides weight management programmes for families, said:

“With childhood obesity levels rising, it is hugely concerning that not nearly enough is being done to turn the tide on this very serious health epidemic.

"With one in three children overweight or obese in the UK, the government must intervene to protect the health of our nation’s children and prevent this crisis from continuing to spiral out of control.

"With the health consequences of obesity including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer currently costing the NHS £5.1bn per year, the significant financial and human costs associated with obesity has never been clearer.


"Socially and financially it makes sense for the government to take action now by funding effective community-based initiatives like MEND, to prevent the ‘conveyor-belt’ effect of obese children growing up to become obese adults.

“Particularly during this period of radical change within the NHS, it is crucial that the government prioritises childhood obesity and ensures the right funding is made available to the local services that are so vital to the health of our children.”

For media enquiries please contact Lucy Hannagan or Claire Nevill on 020 7231 7225 or For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07872 506996.

About MEND

·         MEND empowers children and adults to become fitter, healthier and happier and to reach and maintain a healthier weight.

·         Working closely with our public, private, third sector and academic partners, we:

o    are the leading provider of healthy lifestyle programmes for families in local communities

o    offer fitness and weight management programmes for adults in leisure settings

o    develop innovative ways to improve public health and encourage healthier lifestyles, using our extensive research.

·         Since being founded in 2004, MEND has helped over 50,000 children and adults across the world to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.


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