Fifth of chil­dren obese as they leave pri­mary school

Num­ber of over­weight Re­cep­tion pupils also re­vealed

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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’

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