Have your say on Bexley's Obesity Strategy

Obesity is an increasingly important issue in Bexley. Now the Council is asking local people for their views on its new strategy to help more people avoid the problems that excess weight can cause.

Nearly 2 out of every 3 Bexley adults and over a quarter of Bexley’s reception aged children are either overweight or obese - the highest and second highest proportions in London respectively. By Year 6 (10-11 years old) almost 40% of Bexley children are overweight or obese.

The NHS emphasis the importance of taking steps to tackle obesity in all age groups. As well as causing physical changes, it can lead to several serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. These include type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer (such as breast cancer and bowel cancer) and stroke.

Obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as depression and low self-esteem.

“Obesity is a major challenge and the strategy is evidence of our determination to work with our partners and local people to turn things around,” says Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Chairman of the Bexley Health & Wellbeing Board. “Educating people of all ages to eat well and stay active will make a huge difference to their health and their lives.”

The new strategy has been drafted by the Council and its NHS and voluntary sector partners. It proposes a wide-ranging list of actions under the following three themes -

  1. Shaping the built environment to foster healthy lifestyles.
  2. Supporting a community culture that sees healthy eating and physical activity as the norm.
  3. Prompting individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The draft strategy is available online or at all Bexley libraries and you have until Sunday 25 August to have your say on it.

You can give your views in 3 ways –

  • By email.
  • By completing our online survey.
  • By writing to: Obesity Strategy consultation (Public Health), London Borough of Bexley, Civic Offices, Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 7AT