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Research reveals child obesity increases during last years of primary school

A study of children born during the year 2000 has revealed that their levels of child obesity increased between the ages of seven and eleven years old.

Over 13,000 children were included in the Millennium Cohort Study, which chartered their lifestyles. Although data collected by the National Health Service has previously indicated that weight issues occur when a child attends primary school, the latest study has pinpointed the ages when it is most likely to become a problem.

The study also revealed that there is a strong link between the weight of the parents and the children. Of the pupils whose mothers are classed as obese, only 45.6% of them tended to be a healthy size. The study also revealed that the children of parents who had a higher level of education were more likely to be a healthy weight. The National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry commented:

“Parents have fallen down in their obligation so much that now the state has got to intervene and say enough is enough, we have got to have activity back in our schools.”

Fry added that people had previously come to think that physical activity was not needed in schools, but he believes that this study proves that it is required now more than ever.

Authorities in the UK are also promoting a healthy diet, with improved academic meals and healthier school tuckshops. Lincolnshire institutions are among those that are making changes to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Posted by Mark
December 8, 2014
Research

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