Tide of Obesity Continues
Despite concerted efforts in the classroom and through the media childhood obesity in the UK continues to grow with almost a quarter overweight when they enter primary school and a third are too fat when they leave to enter secondary school.
The World health Organisation say that the figures are worrying as research shows that the more overweight a person is when a child the more likely they are to suffer from cancer and other morbid disease as an adult.
One in four children in reception class is overweight or obese, a new report from the NHS Information Centre has found.
The report, by the National Child Measurement Programme, also found that almost one in three children in year six is overweight or obese.
The programme, which has been running since 2005, measured the weight of nearly one million children in England – 88 per cent of those eligible – of those in reception (aged four to five) and year six (aged 10-11).
London Strategic Health Authority has the highest percentage of obese children. In reception class children, 10.9 per cent were obese compared to the national average of 9.6 per cent. For year six children, 21.6 per cent were obese, compared to the national average of 18.3
Nearly one in four children are obese or overweight when they start primary school and one in three are too fat by the time they leave, according to official figures.
The new data from the government's national child measurement programme in schools showed there had been no progress since last year in reducing the numbers of overweight children and provoked calls for greater efforts to tackle the obesity epidemic in the young.
National Obesity Forum spokesman Tam Fry said: "We had high hopes that there would have been a marked improvement after all the money that is being thrown at the problem but it seems that more radical measures will be needed to reduce obesity levels."