CLDF is concerned to see that the latest figures from the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) show an increase in the number of obese children in reception year for the second year in a row – up from 9.3% to 9.6%.
“We know that obesity increases the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)” says Chief Executive, Alison Taylor. “At the moment this accounts for a small proportion of the families we support. Our concern, is that if obesity levels continue to rise and with it levels of NAFLD, paediatric liver disease services will see signficant increased pressures, which will affect all of the thousands of children and young people we support who have liver conditions which require a lifetime of medical care.
“We’re aware that public health budgets have been cut but this really is an area where prevention is better than cure. As gradual weight loss and regular exercise can reduce the amount of fat in the liver, CLDF is fully supportive of any programmes which encourage healthy eating and exercise regimes. It is why we are part of the Obesity Health Alliance and why we support Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign to encourage families to make healthier choices.”
Full details on the latest NCMP data are available HERE.