One in three children in the final year of primary school – Year Six – in England are either overweight or obese, new national figures reveal.
This is an increase on the rate measured, up from 33.4 per cent in 2010/11 to 33.9 per cent in 2011/12, says the NHS Information Centre.
Just over a fifth of children in the youngest year group at primary school – Reception – were overweight or obese in 2011/12, which is similar to the rate for the previous year.
Children living in poorer parts of the country were more likely to be overweight than those living in more affluent regions.
The South East Coast of England had the lowest rates of child obesity, while the North East and London had the highest rates.
The figures come from the National Child Measurement Programme – a government initiative that has provided data on children’s weight for the last six years.
This allows experts to check if children are in a healthy weight range.
Research shows that if your child is overweight now, they are more likely to grow up to be overweight as an adult. This can lead to health problems in later life.
If your child has been measured and their weight results worry you, speak to your GP or school nurse for advice and support.
Visit the Early Childhood section of the Pregnancy and Caring for your Children Centre for more information on child health and wellbeing. You will find lifestyle articles on keeping children fit and active and getting the family into fitness.
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