This time it highlights that too much antibiotics leads to greater obesity. Southwark has some of the highest youth obesity in the country so this is a potentially really big issue and important research finding.
The obsession with universal free school meal provision at a huge cost is probably going to have zero impact. Indeed in Islington they’ve seen an increase in obesity from taking this measure.
What we need is some quick research to investigate whether Southwark – with its large ethnic communities – is somehow on the receiving end of more antibiotics than other communities and whether this is a major contributory factor.
If it is then it would be relatively easy to address stopping the worst excesses of over antibiotic prescribing and to re populate our citizens especially childrens with relatively good gut flora. Further research is also required on firmly establishing what excellent gut flora looks like.