Child obe­sity stats re­vealed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

More than a third of Year 6 pupils in Peter­bor­ough are classed as obese or over­weight.

New fig­ures from NHS Dig­i­tal show 14.2 per cent of Year 6 pupils at schools in the lo­cal author­ity area are over­weight and 22 per cent are obese.

For chil­dren in re­cep­tion, 14.2 per cent are over­weight and 8.9 per cent are obese.

In the rest of Cam­bridgeshire, 27.2 per cent of Year 6 pupils are over­weight or obese, com­pared to 34.2 per cent for the whole of Eng­land

Cllr Diane Lamb, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for pub­lic health, said “We have a number of ser­vices which work to sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies in main­tain­ing a healthy weight. These in­clude health vis­it­ing and school nurs­ing ser­vices, the Food for Life Pro­gramme work­ing in sev­eral lo­cal pri­mary schools and ser­vices de­liv­ered through our in­te­grated Life­style Provider ‘So­lu­tion­s4Health’.”

Vi­vac­ity, which runs leisure and sport­ing ser­vices in the city, said it of­fers free swim­ming for un­der 5s, sports clubs and sports hol­i­day clubs, and dis­counted gym ac­cess for chil­dren aged 11 to 15.

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