One in three 11-year-olds overweight
New figures show nearly a third of Maidstone children leave primary school obese or overweight.
Public health groups urged the Government to take further action to prevent youngsters consuming junk food and sugary drinks, as the level of severe obesity hit a record high across England.
NHS Digital figures show that 18% of Year 6 pupils in Maidstone in 2017-18 were obese, of which 3.7% were severely obese.
Additionally, 15% of Year 6 children were overweight.
That means 32% of Maidstone’s youngsters are unhealthily overweight as they transfer to secondary school. Across England, 4.2% of 10 and 11-year-olds are severely obese, a record high.
Caroline Cerny, of the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “This is a clear reflection of the unhealthy wider environment that pushes us towards sugary and fatty food and drinks. We need to start with reducing the number of junk food adverts children see before a 9pm watershed, restrictions on promotions and efforts to reduce fat and sugar in foods.”