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Great weight debate roadshow to tackle childhood obesity in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 15:13 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 20 October 2016

Children playing. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Children playing. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

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A roadshow aimed at tackling childhood obesity will arrive in the borough on Tuesday.

The Great Weight Debate (GWD) initiative is the first London-wide attempt to tackle the epidemic and aims to raise awareness of the issue and gather ideas and solutions about measures people would support towards legislating for a healthier environment.

The roadshow will be outside Argos, High Road, Ilford, between 9am and 1pm.

Cabinet member for health and social care, Cllr Mark Santos said: “We already have a number of healthy eating initiatives and physical activity programmes in Redbridge, so a lot of great work is already taking place to tackle obesity but we need build on this.

“We are very keen to hear residents’ views on how we can work together to tackle obesity, so let us know what you think.”

Members of the community are being encouraged to complete the GWD survey at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GWD2016.

London has more overweight and obese children than several cities around the world, including New York, Paris, Madrid and Sydney.

“We are pleased to be hosting the GWD roadshow in Ilford,” added Cllr Santos.

“One in five of our children start school overweight or obese, so please come along and get involved.”

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