Wednesday 4 April 2018 / 4:53 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Obesity in England shows an 334 per cent increase – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on Labour’s analysis of the latest statistics on obesity in England, which shows a 334 per cent increase in hospital admissions related to obesity with a 12.9 per cent increase in hospital admissions for young people, said:

“These statistics reveal we still have a long way to go to tackle childhood obesity and ensure every child is given the best start in life.

“The shameful truth is a child born into poverty is likely to have worse health outcomes than a child born into wealthier circumstances.

“That’s why tackling health inequalities starting with an ambitious programme to improve health and wellbeing of children will be an absolute priority of the next Labour government.

“We’ll bring forward an obesity strategy including new measures to ensure proper labelling of food and ban the advertising of junk food on family time TV.

“In contrast, the government are failing our children with a watered-down obesity strategy, alongside severe cuts to public health provisions.”