Obesity rates in primary schoolchildren 'on the rise'

15 December 2011

Obesity rates among final year primary schoolchildren are on the rise, according to a new report.

Figures from the NHS Information Centre have suggested that 19 per cent of year six children were obese this year, compared with 18.7 per cent last year and 17.5 per cent between 2006 and 2007.

The figures were collected as part of the National Child Measurement Programme, which looked at the eating habits and weights of the children. The researchers collectively measured around a million children over the year.

Tracy Parker, heart health dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: "It has been shown obese children are more likely to become obese adults. And obesity in adults is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease."

She added that more must be done to encourage a better lifestyle and that awareness should be raised that a person's decisions now could affect their health later in life.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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