10 per cent of children are obese by the time they start primary education, figures show
4th March 2015 14:27 - Education
Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have shown that 10 per cent of children are obese by the time they start primary school, and 20 per cent are obese by the time they leave primary education five years later.
Obesity experts have warned that schools need to adopt more measures to combat the issue of childhood obesity. They have also called for the Government to raise the minimum, mandatory physical activity levels in primary schools.
In the year 2013 to 2014, 9.5 per cent of children in Reception year (four and five year olds) were obese, a slight rise from the previous year when 9.3 per cent were obese.
However, this is a 0.4 per cent decrease from the Reception class of 2006 to 2007, where 9.9 per cent were obese.
In 2013 to 2014, the amount of pupils aged 10 to 11 years (Year 6) was at a level of 19.1 per cent, an increase of 0.2 per cent from the year prior.
The National Obesity Forum’s spokesperson, Tam Fry said of the findings: “The huge doubling between children aged four and 11 is particularly disastrous. Those 11 year-olds are probably going to end up as obese adults. It means every year there will be more and more obese adults adding to these statistics.”
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