Shocking variation in children’s health across the country
A recent report has suggested that there is a wide variation in the health of children under the age of five depending on the region in which they live. The National Children’s Bureau charity found that the levels of obesity and tooth decay varied dramatically across the country, even in areas with similar levels of poverty. One finding from the report showed that a five year old in Leicester is five times more likely to have tooth decay than a five year old in West Sussex, whilst a child in the Isle of Wight is four times more likely to be admitted to hospital with an injury than a child of the same age in central London.
The charity said that it was shocked with the findings and could not believe the variation in the health prospects of children depending on their location. The chief executive of the charity, Anna Feuchtwang, has urged the government to make it a “national mission” to improve public health services for young children in England. She also highlighted the fact that although poverty can lead to poorer health, the link between the two “is not inevitable.”