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Children's health and food
Food systems and public life insight report
This study outlines findings on: 1. the character of places young people spend the most time, 2. the role of transport hubs in everyday public life and 3. the way in which fast food places have become civic beacons for all. Through understanding where and how young people use the foodscape, we can design, programme, and create invitations that promote new opportunities and behaviours.
The Mayor of London has shown commitment to tackling obesity in London, with focus on the growing rates of childhood obesity. There is increasing knowledge on the diverse factors that influence obesity, and for this reason Impact on Urban Health has been funding projects and initiatives that holistically combat childhood obesity.
The onus of the increasingly global obesity epidemic has traditionally been put on individual people. However, more recently, research has identified the role our environment and historic urban planning practices have played in growing obesity trends.
Gehl’s approach to studying public life and public space can expand knowledge within current systems thinking approaches by interpreting the factors that influence how people engage with their surrounding foodscape. This foodscape study analysed the wards of Camberwell Green and Peckham Rye in Southwark.
Both wards have similar demographics and socio-economic makeup, but differ in child obesity rates. High streets are the heart of these wards, where most life exists, namely around public transit hubs, yet opportunities for public life are limited.
The report’s findings highlight that:
A report from one year of the Collaboration for Healthier Lives in the UK (CHL UK)
Sharing how we're working across sectors to address obesogenic streets and what our next steps are through our ‘streets’ strand.
The £1.8m fund will go to startups who increase the availability of affordable, tasty, convenient and healthier food.
Finding ideas from the high street to make healthy eating easier for children and families