Health & Wellbeing

 Health and wellbeing

 The Good Childhood Report 2012: A review of our children's well-being

The Good Childhood Report 2012, from The Children's Society, reveals that half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives. It outlines six key priorities needed for a happy childhood, after interviewing more than 30,000 children aged eight to 16. Children who have low levels of happiness are much less likely to enjoy being at home with their family, feel safe when with their friends, like the way they look and feel positive about their future. Children unhappy in this way are also more likely to be victimised, have eating disorders or be depressed. Key findings include:
• Choice and family have the biggest impact on children's happiness.
• The quality of children's relationships with their families is far more important than the structure of the family that they live in.
• Low well-being increases dramatically with age - doubling from the age of 10 (7%) to the age of 15 (14%).
• Children as young as eight are aware of the financial issues their families face. Children in families who have experienced a reduction in income are more likely to have low well-being.
• Children who do not have clothes to ‘fit in' with peers are more than three times as likely to be unhappy with their appearance. Children who are unhappy with their appearance are also much more likely than average to experience frequent bullying.
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This briefing from the Department for Education examines how wellbeing is conceptualised, measures used to assess it, how children and young people's views are incorporated and some of the conclusions from key studies in the area of the wellbeing of children and young people. Download the report from:

Healthy lives, healthy people: a call to action on obesity in England

Over 60 per cent of adults in England and a third of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight or obese. This document says that on average adults are exceeding their calorie intake by 10 per cent, and that people need to be more honest about what they eat and drink in order to achieve the goal of reducing levels of child and adult obesity by 2020. The strategy recommends that local authorities use their new commissioning powers and ring fenced public health budgets to make a difference in communities. Elsewhere, the strategy calls for the food and drinks industry to extend and intensify their efforts to help people make healthier choices through the Responsibility Deal. There will also be a £14 million investment in the Change4Life programme to encourage people to eat healthily and increase levels of
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Change4Life three year social marketing strategy

This document sets out a new three-year marketing strategy (2011-14) for the Change4Life programme. It is published as a companion to Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England and describes how the Change4Life social marketing programme will support the achievement of the new national obesity ambitions, as well as promoting other, broader, lifestyle changes. Visit the website at:

Child well-being in the UK, Spain and Sweden

This new research shows that children in the UK feel trapped in a "materialistic culture" and don't spend enough time with their families. Consumer culture in the UK contrasts starkly with Sweden and Spain, where family time is prioritised, children and families are under less pressure to own material goods and children have greater access to activities out of the home. You can download the report from:


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