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Alarming levels of child obesity in deprived areas

As new data is released, officials at Public Health England (PHE) are calling for parents to encourage children to be healthier.

The figures indicate that children are more likely to be overweight or obese if they live in a deprived area.

Bradford and Rotherham are just two areas where kids are more likely to become overweight, and in some towns the number of children who are obese is increasing. According to the statistics, 24.7% of schoolchildren aged 10 to 11 years old are obese or overweight in deprived regions, compared to just 13.1% of kids in wealthier areas.

The likelihood of children becoming obese by the time they leave primary school has also increased, with the number of pupils who are an acceptable weight in reception class but overweight when they leave doubling.

The data was collated during the 2013-14 academic year by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. According to Eustace de Sousa, from PHE, the statistics concerning obese children attending state schools are “deeply concerning”.

The obesity levels across Yorkshire differ wildly, with over 36% of children who are leaving primary school classed as such. According to the head of public health for Bradford County Council, a number of changes in society may play a part in the increased obesity rates, including more technology, car ownership, and fewer manual jobs.

Schools across the UK are playing their part in tackling the obesity crisis, often with healthy tuckshop foods. Lincolnshire children are also being encouraged to eat a healthier diet and take part in more physical activity.

Posted by Susan
December 14, 2014

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