The reason for Quack and Field
A fifth of all children in England, and close to a third of the poorest children, are unable to read well when they leave primary school.
Children’s health continues to deteriorate:
- One in five children aged 4-5 in the UK are obese or overweight
- One in three children aged 10-11 in the UK are obese or overweight
- Two in ten children aged 5-15 in the UK are not getting the recommended levels of physical activity
Poor childhood health can increase the risk of diseases, decrease economic productivity and decrease community cohesion:
- Physical inactivity and childhood obesity leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers
- Childhood obesity leads to an increased risk of stigmatisation and bullying
- The cost of obesity to the economy as a whole is approximately £27 billion per year with an estimated £6.1 billion per year on the NHS alone
Present solutions have failed due to the lack of a multi-factorial, holistic, grassroots and innovative approach to engage children in physical activity and literacy rates.