Fifth of children obese as they leave primary school
Number of overweight Reception pupils also revealed
Almost 20% of 10 to 11-year-old schoolchildren living in Ashford are obese.
Figures released by the Health & Social Care Information Centre show how children across Kent weighed in.
More than 15,000 children aged four and five, in Reception Year, and more than 14,000 children aged 10-11, in Year 6, were measured and placed into one of four categories: underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.
Results from Ashford reveal that 8.4% of children in Reception, and 18.1% of children in Year 6, are obese.
However, just over 80% of children living in Ashford aged four to five, and 65.6% of Year 6 children were found to be a healthy weight.
More obese children live in Dartford and Gravesham than anywhere else in Kent, with more than one in five Year 6 children, and one in 10 of reception age.
Sevenoaks recorded the lowest number of obese four and five year olds, and Canterbury has the fewest obese 10-11-year olds.
However, the survey did reveal that the proportion of obese children in Kent was lower than the national average and, as a nation, the proportion of obese children has gone down since last year.
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‘Results from Ashford reveal that 8.4% of children in Reception, and 18.1% of children in Year 6, are obese’