Our London Youth Board
We are a group of youth campaigners aged between 14 and 18, living all across the capital city — from Lambeth to Lewisham! Families across London are up against a flood of unhealthy food pouring out from our high streets, supermarket shelves and our school canteens. We need to close these floodgates. Using our shared experiences, we’re all here to do just that!
Over 1 in 3 children in London are at risk of poor health because of the food they eat, by the time they leave primary school. This varies considerably across different London boroughs — 11 year olds in Barking and Dagenham are almost twice as likely as those living in Richmond to suffer from ill health due to their diets — so if you are unlucky enough to grow up in a more deprived part of the capital, you already face a real disadvantage to your health. That’s where we come in!
We like to keep it real. We’re campaigning to protect child health because we believe every child deserves the opportunity to be healthy, regardless of where they live.
Bushra Ahad, London Youth Board Member
Let Us Introduce Ourselves!
As young people growing up in London, we're inundated by junk food ads. Every journey we make, unhealthy food plays a starring role in our minds with few healthy options available.
That’s why we released our manifesto ‘Bombarded by junk food: Our Story’, calling on councils to end junk food advertising in London. We’ve seen the impact of Sadiq Khan’s commitment to end all junk food advertising on TfL — it led to reduced consumption of unhealthy food in London. So now it's time to extend this.