Hackney Council set to sign up to sugar reduction and healthy food agreement

PUBLISHED: 11:33 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:33 10 September 2018

Hackney's levels of childhood obesity are above the London and national average. Picture: PA

Hackney's levels of childhood obesity are above the London and national average. Picture: PA

PA/Press Association Images

Hackney Council is set to tackle its obesity problem by signing an agreement to reduce sugar and promote healthier foods.

The town hall’s cabinet has been urged to join other councils across London by signing the Local Authority Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food.

More than a quarter – 26.6 per cent – of 10 and 11-year-olds in the b orough are obese, higher than the London average of 23.2pc and the national mean of 20pc.

On top of that, 41.5pc are overweight. The London average is 38.1pc and the UK average is 34.2pc.

There are also 90,000 overweight adults in the borough, 36,000 of whom are obese and 4,700 of whom are “very obese”.

“Obesity is one of Hackney’s largest causes of ill health, and an issue of significant strategic importance,” officers said in a report ahead of Monday’s meeting. “We want to use all of the levers available to help us to help residents take healthier decisions, and to demonstrate our leadership on behalf of residents.”

People from deprived backgrounds are more likely to be obese, data shows. The declaration comes with pledges to improve the availability of healthier food and drink and to cut down on unhealthy options.

Officers said much of the work is already being done in the borough.

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

The Cricklefield club have appointed Alex Goldstone as interim manager after Michael Walther decided to join Basildon United

Yesterday, 14:30

The O’s head coach discussed Dale Gorman’s performance at AFC Fylde in Charlie Lee’s absence

Yesterday, 18:54

Members of all faiths and none coalesced as one Hackney community to mark the centenary of the First World War armistice on Sunday.

Yesterday, 16:46

Youngsters at a Hackney school fell silent at 11am on Wednesday to remember the 439 students and teachers who fought during the First World War.

Yesterday, 14:34

Dozens of children, adults, and a fair few dogs gathered in Abney Park or a special Remembrance Day ceremony to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Yesterday, 12:26

A new event set-up to showcase independent designers working in fashion, interiors and print is coming to Stokey this weekend.

Yesterday, 11:58

Doctors are laying on extra immunisation clinics for children after measles returned to Hackney for the first time in years.

Yesterday, 11:37

Cycle stands in Finsbury Park have been removed after they were installed in “the wrong place”.


If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists