Many UK children 'becoming obese during primary school'

5 September 2016

A new UK study has highlighted the number of children who are becoming overweight or obese by the time they finish primary school.

New statistics published by Cancer Research UK have indicated that 57,100 children who started primary school in England at a healthy weight end up obese or overweight by the time they leave.

Currently, it is estimated that one in five children are already overweight or obese when they start primary school, but this figure rises to one in three by the time they complete their primary education.

This is a concerning trend in public health, as obese children are around five times more likely to experience obesity in adulthood. It is also known that excess weight can greatly increase a person's risk of cancer and other diseases.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK's director of prevention, said: "Young waistlines have been expanding steadily over the last two decades. With so many overweight and obese children in England, we are seeing a greater need for larger school uniforms."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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