A recent survey has found that obesity rates amongst children in the borough are among the lowest in the country.

The National Child Measurement Programme was set up in 2005 and measures the height and weight of children in reception classes (aged 4-5) and in year 6 (aged 10 – 11). It is designed to be a public source of health intelligence and was set up to tackle obesity.

Nutritional Therapist, Julie Deeks, can help you make changes if you are concerned about your child's weight and eating habits.

Nutritional Therapist, Julie Deeks, can help you make changes if you are concerned about your child’s weight and eating habits.

The survey was based on 92% of reception and year 6 children who attend school in Richmond and participated in the survey.

We are very pleased to say that the data showed that the proportion of obese or overweight children in reception classes in Richmond is 16%, which is slightly lower than the national average of 22%. This may be because there are fewer fast food outlets near schools and the borough also offers access to sport and after school clubs. Poorer areas are often not able to fund these extras.

If you are concerned about your child’s health, we offer a range of treatments for children of all ages which you can read about here. However, if you are particularly concerned about your child’s eating habits or weight, our nutritionist Julie Deeks can help. She can discuss strategies and food options that may offer improved nutrition for your child, children have different nutritional needs to adults and these are taken into consideration.

In order to make an appointment with Julie, please call reception on 020 8332 6184.