Yesterday I challenged Health Ministers on the lack of support for overweight or obese children, and secured a meeting with the Minister to discuss the issue. It’s something I’ve been working on for some time, with Manor-based Shine Health Academy.
Over a year ago I brought young people and staff from Shine to Parliament to talk to MPs about their experiences and ideas about tackling the crisis. I was pleased that their concerns were reflected in the Health and Social Care Select Committee report on child obesity. Yesterday I pressed Ministers for actions on the recommendations in that report on the lack of ‘tier 3 and 4 services’ to help children and young people who are obese.
I argued that there can be no other serious health condition affecting children for which the NHS does not offer services, leaving voluntary groups like Shine to fill the gap. I’m pleased that the Minister agreed to meet with me to discuss the issue, and I’ll be inviting Shine to join too.