Child­hood obe­sity is the ‘chal­lenge of a gen­er­a­tion’

Rochdale Observer - - CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY -

MORE than a quar­ter of 10 and 11-year-olds in Greater Manch­ester are ‘obese’, shock­ing sta­tis­tics show.

Lat­est fig­ures say more young­sters in this re­gion are over­weight than else­where in the coun­try – one in four Year 6 pupils com­pared to a na­tional av­er­age of one in five.

Sta­tis­tics from the govern­ment’s Na­tional Child Mea­sure­ment Pro­gramme showed 25.4 per cent of chil­dren at that stage were obese in 2016-17, up from 25.1pc in 2015-16.

Re­cep­tion chil­dren were also get­ting big­ger with sta­tis­tics show­ing 11.7pc of five year olds were obese com­pared to 11.4pc in 2015/16.

The height and weight of more than one mil­lion chil­dren in Eng­land are now recorded each year to check how many young­sters in re­cep­tion and Year 6 are un­der­weight, a healthy weight, over­weight or obese.

But some par­ents have slammed the pro­gramme say­ing the re­sults are too sim­plis­tic and let­ters they re­ceived were ‘dis­gust­ing.’

Steve Mor­ton, from Pub­lic Health Eng­land North West, said: “Th­ese lat­est fig­ures should be a wake-up call – our chil­dren need ev­ery op­por­tu­nity for a healthy life and our NHS is un­der in­creas­ing de­mand.

“Child­hood obe­sity is the chal­lenge of a gen­er­a­tion and more joined-up lo­cal ac­tion is needed if we are se­ri­ous about giv­ing our chil­dren the fu­ture they de­serve.”

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