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Obesity rates in reception-age children rises again in 2017

20th October 2017

Obesity rates have risen in children entering reception year for the second year in a row, according to the latest official data.

Figures from Public Health England's National Child Measurement Programme have shown that the number of obese children in reception year has risen to 9.6 percent in the 2016-17 school year, up from 9.3 percent in 2015-16.

For year 6 children, the rate remained stable at 20 percent, but this rate remains high enough to demonstrate a strong need for new efforts to reduce the amount of sugar and calories in the foods children eat most frequently.

Of particular concern is the fact that 12.7 percent of reception-aged children in the most deprived areas are obese, compared to 5.8 percent in the least deprived regions. For year 6 students, these figures stood at 26.3 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "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."

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