The Mail is reporting new figures that show one in 10 children are obese when they start primary school at the age of four…
And in the space of five years, childhood obesity rates double, with one in five children leaving primary school obese.
Experts today warned that not enough is being done in schools to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic, urging the Government to increase compulsory physical activity levels.
The new figures, published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show 9.5 per cent of reception class children, aged four to five, were obese in 2013-14.
It marks a slight rise from 9.3 per cent the previous year, but is lower than in 2006-07, when 9.9 per cent of the age group were obese.
In Year 6, the proportion of 10 to 11-year-olds who were obese was 19.1 per cent in 2013-14, up from 18.9 per cent the previous year, and also a rise from 17.5 per cent in 2006-07.
Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said while the ‘adult population seems to be getting the message’, with rates remaining largely constant in men and women, childhood obesity is the ‘real concern’.
He told MailOnline: ‘The huge doubling between children aged four and 11 is particularly disastrous.’
Mr Fry warned by the time children reach 11 it is ‘recognised they have more or less made up their minds about their lifestyle’.
‘Those 11-year-olds are probably going to end up as obese adults,’ he said…
‘One of the reasons for these high rates of obesity by the time a child is 11 is a lack of physical education,’ Mr Fry told MailOnline…
Exercise is good in many respects but I suspect obesity has far more to do with diet than anything else. Your reactions?
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