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Impact of cuts to local government spending on Sure Start children’s centres on childhood obesity in England: a longitudinal ecological study

Mason, Kate E and Alexiou, Alexandros and Bennett, Davara Lee and *Summerbell, Carolyn and Barr, Ben and Taylor-Robinson, David (2021) 'Impact of cuts to local government spending on Sure Start children’s centres on childhood obesity in England: a longitudinal ecological study.', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 75 (9). pp. 860-866.

Abstract

Childhood obesity is rising in disadvantaged areas in England. Sure Start children’s centres provide community-based services for children <5 years and their parents, including many services that can support healthy weight, directly or indirectly. Since 2010, austerity-driven cuts to local authority (LA) budgets have led to substantially reduced public expenditure on Sure Start services. We assessed whether childhood obesity prevalence has increased more since 2010 in those areas in England that experienced greater cuts to spending on Sure Start.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-216064
Publisher statement:Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Date accepted:22 May 2021
Date deposited:21 September 2021
Date of first online publication:21 June 2021
Date first made open access:21 September 2021

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