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One in four children in Wales are overweight or obese

20th April 2018

2018 Child Measurement Programme run by Public Health Wales has reported that one in four children are overweight or obese.

Recording the height and weight of children in reception year at primary school, the results of the programme have shown a percentage increase in obesity levels over the past two years.
Linda Bailey, the consultant lead for the Child Measurement Programme, said ”The number of children that are obese at the age of four to five years old has been going in the wrong direction over the past two years. In particular, the level of obesity has shown a statistically significant increase. While it is too soon to see an overall trend, there is an increasing gap in obesity levels between the most and least disadvantaged areas in Wales.”

Public Health Wales supports the programme and aims to help parents to recognise whether their child is a healthy weight from a young age. Natalie Field comments: “We are concerned that parents and professionals may find it difficult to recognise when children are overweight as it is more commonplace than it once was. Being overweight or obese can have a direct affect on children’s wellbeing – low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Obesity can also lead to a range of other health problems in adulthood such as type II diabetes. Tackling childhood obesity not only prevents adverse health consequences, but prevention is so much easier than treatment for the child. We know that every parent wants the best for their children, and we want to give them all the tools and support to do just that.”

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