The incidence of childhood obesity is increasing in the UK with nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and with younger generations becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.
If children are above a healthy weight it can impact on both their physical wellbeing e.g. risk of developing type 2 diabetes and pressure on joints as well as impacting on their mental wellbeing e.g. low self-esteem, depression, avoidance of group activity and disordered eating in later life.
In recent years the government introduced the Childhood Obesity Strategy. As part of the strategy they recognise the trend in increasing childhood obesity rates will not be reduced without long-term, sustainable change achieved through the active engagement of schools, communities, families and individuals.
Initiatives within the policy include a soft drinks levy, encouraging a 20% reduction in the sugar content of foods and providing more physical activity provision within schools, in order to encourage children to achieve their 60 active minutes a day.
From September 2020 Relationships Education will be compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships & Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.
The Department for Education have put together the statutory guidance for physical health and mental wellbeing (Primary and secondary)
By the end of primary school pupils should know:
- what constitutes a healthy diet (including understanding calories and other nutritional content)
- the principles of planning and preparing a range of healthy meals
- the characteristics of a poor diet and risks associated with unhealthy eating (including, for example, obesity and tooth decay) and other behaviours (e.g. the impact of alcohol on diet or health)
Our games along with the supporting activities make the ideal resource for the development of PSHE through the set curriculum.