Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health suggests that many parents with obese children may not recognise that their child is overweight, unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity.
The study claims parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if the child was male or if they were black or south Asian, or from more deprived backgrounds.
The researchers explained that parents' underestimations may be caused by a fear of being judged or an unwillingness to label a child as overweight.
Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Catering staff in the area, who serve up meals for a staggering 24,000 children everyday, have been named catering service of the year in the industries biggest awards.
Tower Hamlets Council's Contract Services staff won the title at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards.
Three councils in the South East are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children. A report by OFSTED says more needs to be done to address "incompetent and ineffective" leadership in children's services. The local authorities judged to be failing by OFSTED are:
- Kingston upon Thames
Children who read for fun are likely to do better in maths and English according to London research.
The University of London looked at reading habits of around 6,000 children.
Charity Action for Children says London is at the bottom of the results table as many people incorrectly believe that the following people cannot foster.
- Anyone who rents their home
- Those not in full time employment
- Anyone who is gay
- Anyone over the age of 55
London is facing a shortage of 1,250 foster carers this year according to new figures. Charity, Action for Children, says the figures for London are the worst of any region of the UK, caused in part by many of the myths around who is allowed to foster.
A UNISON survey published today reveals the shocking impact of child poverty in schools around London . The survey shows that 72 percent of those surveyed in London believe that children at their school are living in poverty.
School staff believe the damaging effects on pupils are clear and poverty is on the rise all across the capital.