Principal pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times far more probably to be severely obese than in the wealthiest, according to the most recent figures.
Overall, the proportion of severely obese Year 6 pupils has risen from 3.6% in 2009-10 to 4.2% in 2017-18.
Obese kids are more most likely to be bullied, stigmatised and have low self-esteem, Public Wellness England says.
And they are far more probably to keep overweight, raising their risk of heart disease, type-two diabetes and cancer.
The figures come from the National Child Measurement Programme, which tracks the height and weight of young children in state primary schools in England.
In Reception, in the most deprived places, 12.five% of kids are obese, compared with 5.7% of those in the richest locations. And by Year six these figures have risen to 26.8% and 11.7%.
The proportion who are obese in Year six has risen from 20% in 2016-17 to 20.1% in 2017-18.
Boys are more likely to be obese than girls – 22.2% compared to 18% at the age of ten-11.
In Reception, 2.four% are severely obese, even though the proportion who are obese has stayed static at 9.five% – and they too are much more likely to be boys.
3-quarters are a healthier weight – but this drops to two-thirds by Year six.
Dr Max Davie, officer for overall health promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Wellness mentioned the figures were “totally unacceptable”.
“Access and funding of higher good quality weight management services are urgently necessary now if we are to ensure no child slips by way of the net and all kids, no matter exactly where they reside, are provided the identical opportunity to very good health.”
Published at Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:06:55 +0000