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Tackling the nation’s obesity crisis

17th July 2019
Posted by Aston Avery

In May 2019, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock called for help to deliver the Government’s promise to halve childhood obesity over the next 10 years. According to current estimates, 10% of boys and 9% of girls are starting primary school obese, and experts warn that children gain weight ‘at a drastic rate’ when they are at school.

Pressure is mounting on schools to address this trend, and to tackle this, the Government has set an exercise target for pre-school children (aged under 5) of 180 minutes physical exercise per day. As a response to the Government challenge, Micro Scooters, undertook research with a team of experts in biomechanics, child development, fitness training, podiatry, physiotherapy and athletics. Today, they release the findings from the Play for Life report.

Aston spoke to Martin Haines, Biomechanics Coach and Chartered Physiotherapist to discuss how the nation can tackle the obesity crisis.