Childhood obesity is the ‘challenge of a generation’
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.”