Record number of obese primary school children

Source: Sky News

Date: 26-July-2018

The battle against obesity continues to be lost, with children increasingly likely to be obese before they start secondary school.

The number of children leaving primary school severely obese has hit record levels as the government battles to slash childhood obesity.

One in 25 pupils aged 10 and 11 is in the most obese category, up from one in 32 a decade ago, according to research by Public Health England.

The figures also reveal boys and girls from the most deprived backgrounds are more likely to be overweight or obese and that the health inequality is growing.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist with Public Health England, said: „We have over 22,000 children now at the end of their primary school severely obese ..“

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