Feeding the next generation: Are we failing our children?

Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary and David Lammy MP join Demos to examine the relationship between nutrition, wellbeing and child poverty, questioning whether policies such as free school meals, labelling, guidance and early intervention adequately reflect the importance of a healthy diet in a child’s emotional, social and physical development.

Successive annual statistics show the UK has poor child nutrition.  Our levels of child obesity are the worst in Western Europe and vitamin deficiency diseases such as rickets are on the rise. The impact is already being felt on our services – a 2013 study found that there had been a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for nutrition-related conditions in the last decade.

In 2012, Demos worked with the BSNA to publish a comprehensive study of early years nutrition and its impact on later life outcomes.During this event, Demos will re-visit some of the most challenging and important findings from For Starters, beginning with a short brief to the panel and audience on the scale and nature of the issue for debate. The panel will then reflect on some of the policy solutions raised by the research.

Speakers will include:

Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary
David Lammy MP
Helen Crichton, Head of Public Affairs, Danone Nutricia
June O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation
Claudia Wood, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

This event will take place on Monday 22nd September at 08.00 – 09.30 in Room 1, Premier Inn Manchester Central, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, M2 3DW. Please clickhere for a  map.

For more information or if you have any special access requirements please contact us at [email protected] or on 0207 367 6314.

In partnership with Danone Nutricia.