Third of children overweight when they leave primary school

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by KCFM

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The British Heart Foundation is calling for a ban on junk food television advertising before 9pm after research revealed that a third of the UK’s year six primary school children are overweight.

Around 19,600 children in Yorkshire and the Humber leave primary school overweight or obese, which increases the risk of developing heart disease in later life.

The British Heart Foundation is calling for a ban on all junk food TV adverts being aired before 9pm to help improve children’s health.

Mike Hobday, British Health Foundation director of policy, said: “It’s worrying that so many children in Yorkshire and the Humber are obese or overweight. Carrying excess weight into adulthood increases the risk of developing heart disease in later life.

“We mustn’t allow food companies to continue to exploit a failing regulatory system that allows them to bombard TV screens with junk food adverts at the times when the highest numbers of children are watching TV.

“We need to protect young people against the sophisticated marketing techniques of junk food advertisers to help tackle the obesity crisis which threatens the heart health of future generations.”

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Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by KCFM

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