The Great Weight Debate

Closed 9 Dec 2016

Opened 11 Nov 2016


London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York and Paris. It also has a higher rate of obesity than anywhere else in the country with more than a third of all children in London overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.

Obese children are at increased risk of many diseases.  Being overweight or obese can also affect a child’s mental well-being, lead to low self-esteem and absence from school which can affect their learning.

For the first time, London’s local authorities and NHS organisations have joined forces to tackle the capital’s childhood obesity epidemic at a London-wide level with the launch of The Great Weight Debate, and all Londoners are being invited to take part in this conversation.

Why We Are Consulting

The Great Weight Debate aims to raise awareness of London’s childhood obesity epidemic and gather ideas and solutions from Londoners to gain an understanding about what measures people would support towards legislating for a healthier environment.

Residents in Barnet are being invited to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a new London-wide campaign The Great Weight Debate – a London conversation on childhood obesity.

What Happens Next

The consultation is now closed. Your views and ideas put forward and very valuable to us and will be used to inform the next stage of the debate which will work towards making tangible changes at a community and London-wide level.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Health and well being