Overweight baby total ‘horrendous’

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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More than 1,400 newborn babies have been classified as significantly overweight in the last four years, according to figures.

The statistics, obtained by the Sunday Mirror under a freedom of information (FoI) request, also showed more than 109,000 under-15s had been admitted to hospital for obesity-related issues in the same period.

Obesity campaigners have described the figures as “horrendous”.

Since 2011, 1,403 babies have been born weighing more than 9lb 15oz, classed by doctors as macrosomic or exceptionally heavy as they are much larger than the averages of 7lb 4oz for a girl and 7lb 8oz for a boy.

A total of 110 of 153 NHS trusts responded to the FoI request, which the paper reported revealed 372 macrosomic babies were born at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust while 280 were delivered at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust.

Apart from genetics, factors causing macrosomic babies include mothers being obese or having conditions such as diabetes.

Meanwhile, 109,943 children under the age of 15 have been admitted to hospital for obesity-related issues, a 35% rise since 2011.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the paper: “These figures are horrendous and I am not surprised but I am hugely saddened.

“It’s a vicious circle because the fat mother is going to produce a fat child who is going to grow up into a fat adult who is going to produce their own fat child. It just goes round and round and round.”

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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