Children in Scotland start primary school overweight16th December 2009
New statistics suggest that in Scotland as many as one in five children starting school are overweight.
The Scottish Executive has introduced a number of initiatives to tackle the problem and the latest figure of 19.8% of five-year-olds being overweight is marginally down on the previous year’s figure of 20%. However, the new figures include 8% who were classed as obese and 3.9% severely obese, with the problem worse in Scotland’s most deprived areas where 10% of primary school children are obese.
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Title: Children in Scotland start primary school overweight
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13547
Date Added: 16th Dec 2009