We focus on four complex health issues more prevalent in urban areas
With the Social Progress Imperative, we've developed the first neighbourhood level, health-focused social progress index of its kind.
With Wellcome Trust
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Children's health and food
How the environment influences what families eat
There is growing evidence suggesting obesity is ‘a normal response to an abnormal environment’ that gives us easier access to a wider variety of highly palatable, energy dense food than ever before. This food is cheap and widely promoted, both in the media and in stores. As a result, we’ve commissioned ethnographic research to explore the influence of inequality in inner city environments on local families’ food behaviours, from the perspective of local families.
London has more overweight and obese children than any other major global city, and the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark encapsulate why. These boroughs are densely populated, have high population churn, high rates of income inequality and a complex social and ethnic mix. One in four children aged four to five living in these boroughs are overweight or obese, rising to two in five by the time they reach secondary school. The differences in rates between the most deprived and least deprived wards are more than double.
This report is structured into five chapters. Each chapter represents one of the five key themes identified in the research underpinning the final framework:
A report from one year of the Collaboration for Healthier Lives in the UK (CHL UK)
A FrameWorks strategic report
Sharing how we're working across sectors to address obesogenic streets and what our next steps are through our ‘streets’ strand.
Sharing what we’ve learnt from our local pilot in Southwark where we introduced small changes to nudge consumers towards healthier options.