‘10% of reception children obese’

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Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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The proportion of obese children in reception year at primary school increased in 2013-14, with nearly one in 10 four to five-year-olds classed as obese, according to newly-released figures.

It also went up in children in Year 6, according to statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Childhood obesity has actually fallen from its peak in 2004 and 2005, since when levels have slightly decreased.

In 2013-14 9.5% of reception class children were obese, compared with 9.3% in 2012-13 but lower than in 2006-07 when it was 9.9%.

In Year 6 (those aged 10-11), the proportion of obese children was 19.1% in 2013/14, higher than in 2012-13 when it was 18.9% and also higher than in 2006-07 when it was 17.5%.

Childhood obesity overall peaked at 19% in 2004-5, but levels have been slightly lower since then, with the latest data indicating they were 16% for boys and 15% for girls – not statistically significantly different from those over the last three or four years, the HSCIC said.

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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