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1 in 5 children obese on leaving primary school

New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 1 in 10 children starting primary school was obese, but that figure increased to 1 in 5 when they were weighed again in Year 6. 

Whilst the percentage of reception aged children who are obese has reduced, there has been an increase in the gap between children from rich and poor families, with 'Obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas... double that of those living in the least deprived areas.' 

The figures come from the National Child Measurement Programme for England which covers all state primary schools. In addition the data shows that the obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas was double that of those living in the least deprived areas. Support Sustain's Children's Food Campaign

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Published 29 Nov 2015

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