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Children weigh in to tackle obesity

11th December 2009

Evidence is emerging that the rapid rise in child obesity across the UK is levelling off.


Statistics from the National Child Measurement Programme suggest the sharp rise of previous year has been halted following a number of initiatives.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: “Evidence is stacking up to show that child obesity is levelling off.

“This is thanks to the hard work of families, schools and the NHS across England, supported by government initiatives such as Change4Life and Healthy Schools, and action from industry and local communities.

“It’s important to monitor children’s weight and wellbeing, and I’m glad that we achieved a 90% take up of the scheme. But we need to keep the momentum going. We'll only turn the tide on obesity for good if everyone plays their part.”

More families are benefiting from knowing the facts about their child’s weight.

This year more than one million children in reception year (4-5 year olds) and year six (10-11 year olds) were weighed and measured.

Date from a programme that is now recognised as a world-class source of data, is helping local areas target services for children and families.

However, the levels of childhood obesity are still too high, with 22.8% of reception children and 32.6% of year 6 children being overweight or obese. This compares with 22.6% and 32.6% the previous year.

Parents are being sent letters containing information on their child’s weight and with advice and sources of further information on how to help their child maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.


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