Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Child health in London: spot the connection

The number of children cycling to school in London has declined massively over the past ten years.

More and more children are being driven to school.

More and more pavements in London are being turned over to car parking bays, a process which is continuing in all the London boroughs, year after year.

More and more advertising panels are being located in pavements, obstructing pedestrian flow, degrading the walking environment, and often advertising junk food.


One in nine children starting school in London is now obese, the highest level in the country, official figures reveal today.

By the end of primary school, London children are still by far the fattest in the country, with 21 per cent of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as obese.