Obe­sity soars in poor pupils

The People - - LIFESTYLE -

PRI­MARY pupils from poorer ar­eas are four times more likely to be obese.

Sta­tis­tics from the Na­tional Child Mea­sure­ment Pro­gramme show that the over­all pro­por­tion of se­verely obese Year 6 pupils has risen from 3.6 per cent in 2009-10 to 4.2 per cent in 2017-18.

And pupils from less af­flu­ent back­grounds are also more likely to stay over­weight, risk­ing type 2 di­a­betes, can­cer and heart disease in the fu­ture.

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