Adrian WillsThursday, 7 December 2017
Renewed call to encourage more young people onto their bikes after a shocking report on childhood obesity
Cycling UK, has renewed its call for more children to be encouraged onto their bikes after the release of a damning new report on childhood obesity.
- New data shows stark rise in childhood obesity between ages 7 – 11
- Cycling UK believes a ‘Netherlands model’ could be the answer
- Sugar Tax funding for primary schools to encourage more active journeys to school
The study of nearly 12,000 children in the UK by researchers from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, found 25 per cent were overweight or obese at the age of seven, but that had risen to 35 per cent at the age of 11.
Cycling UK believes one of the key ways to reduce obesity in the young is by getting more children on their bikes.
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK, Head of Campaigns, said: “Almost 50 per cent of children make their school journey by bike in the Netherlands – in the UK it’s just two per cent. It’s therefore no surprise that we see such a disparity in childhood obesity levels.