The Revive Project is a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) established to test new approaches to addressing the growing crisis of childhood obesity in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. The Revive Project provides healthy weight management for young people and their families through a holistic approach combining physical activity, nutrition and psychological aspects to achieve long term sustainable change. We aim to empower families with the knowledge and opportunities to learn and to adopt healthier lifestyles to help regain control over their health and wellbeing.
In 2014, the study “Helping Overcome Obesity Problems” found that 4.5 million children and young people in the UK were overweight or obese. In the same year, the National Child Measurement Programme found that nationally 33% of ten and eleven year olds were either overweight or obese and in the West Midlands the figure was 36%, the third highest in England.
The Health Survey England in 2013 also found that both boys and girls from lower income households were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as those from higher income families. This has serious implications for areas of greater deprivation, such as the West Midlands, where a higher proportion of children live in poorer households than the national average.
Obesity is a ticking time bomb, with major consequences for individuals, families, communities and the NHS. It shortens lives and increases the instance of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and some cancers. Increased obesity can also cause psychological harm such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem as well as have a negative impact on academic performance.
The cost of obesity is not just to the health of individuals. The UK’s Health Select Committee estimates the cost to the NHS as £5.1 billion p.a., with an additional cost of £8.8 billion p.a. for treating type 2 diabetes, which can be a consequence of obesity. The cost to the wider economy is estimated at £27 billion p.a. The Committee has called for better nutrition and more physical activity for all children, pointing to too much dietary sugar and a chronic lack of exercise as two key causes of obesity.
The Health Select Committee recently published its report* on childhood obesity, concluding that “The scale and consequences of childhood obesity demand bold and urgent action”.
* The Health Select Committee report of 27.11.15 can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmhealth/465/46504.htm#_idTextAnchor012
There is a separate, detailed report on obesity in Wolverhampton here:http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4833&p=0