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Children in Scotland start primary school overweight

16th 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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