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Children's health deteriorating

3rd February 2010

A report by the Audit Commission has shown that the health of children aged five and under in England has shown "disappointing" progress in many areas despite massive investment.

The report found the average five-year-old in 2005-06 had 1.47 decayed, missing and filled teeth, in comparison to  1.43 in 1999-00. One in seven children were obese in 2008, compared to one in 10 in 1995. Steve Bundred, chief executive of the Audit Commission, said: "Overall, the findings are disappointing. Children need a healthier start in life and policies are not delivering commensurate improvement and value for money."

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