Obesity in schools continuing to rise

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The report also found that obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas was more than double that of those living in the least deprived areas for both reception and year six. We need sustained actions to tackle poor diets and excess calorie intakes.

"Each year, more children leave primary school overweight or obese and our most deprived areas are the worst affected".

One-fifth of year 6 children (aged 10-11) are obese, the same as in 2015-16.

The BMI data for children in Cambridgeshire was gathered as part of the National Child Measurement Programme, which determines the weight of children in Reception and Year 6 in schools across the country. "We're working with industry to make food healthier, we've produced guidance for councils on planning healthier towns and we've delivered campaigns encouraging people to choose healthier food and lead healthier lives". In Year 6, nearly a third (32.4 per cent) of girls and 36.1 per cent of boys are either overweight or obese.

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'While progress on reducing the amount of sugar in soft drinks has been a welcome step forward, these are problems where a "pick and mix" approach to policies is nowhere near enough to address one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. For reception this ranged from 4.8% in Kingston-upon-Thames to 13.5% in Wolverhampton. But a real commitment to tackling obesity means also getting to grips with the environment in which our children grow up.

But charities called for mor action to cut marketing of unhealthy foods to children, especially during peak time Saturdary night viewing. The data from Imperial College London showed that in 1975 there were five million obese girls, but by a year ago there were 50 million. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has described childhood obesity as a ' great scandal' but does little to tackle it.

The Government was criticised by Global Positioning System and health campaigners for 'watering down' its childhood obesity strategy, which focuses on voluntary measures to be taken by manufacturers of unhealthy food and drinks.

"Successfully tackling obesity involves both individuals taking responsibility for their own decisions and government supporting them to do so".

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