A third of children in the UK are overweight or obese; for those with severe weight problems this can greatly impact on their life. Children with weight issues have high risk of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and high blood pressure and are more likely to have low self esteem, depression and be vulnerable to bullying.
SHINE has been providing services for children and young people with severe levels of obesity for the past 14 years and have been dependant on Grant funding to enable us to provide a range of interventions including psychosocial intervention courses (PSIs) and a much needed counselling service, for children with emotional issues that leads to further weight gain. As funding becomes more difficult SHINE have been working closely with local MP Paul Blomfield to get Tier 3 services recognised at government level in order for them to provide clearer guidance on commissioning and appropriate funding to provide much needed services for these vulnerable young people not just locally but on a national basis.
At present specialist services for severely overweight children is only provided in 7% of Local Authorities throughout the UK. We are urging the Government to provide adequate funding so that more specialist services can be offered for obese children with complex needs. We need them to invest in the treatment services that are urgently needed to improve quality of life.
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