The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has demanded the Government rethink the role of physical activity in its Child Obesity Strategy.

In a new report, ‘Physical Activity in Early Childhood’, the APPG argues that the Government’s strategy, which was published in August 2016, ignores the ‘vital role’ of
physical activity in tackling what it calls the ‘entrenched national obesity crisis’.

The report by the group of MPs and peers, which is co-chaired by Baroness Floella Benjamin, says that schemes and finance streams focused solely on improving the nation’s nutrition are not in themselves enough, and that they must go hand-in-hand with the encouragement of physical activity in the pre-pregnancy, antenatal and early childhood periods in order to establish positive behaviour. More on this story