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Record number of children aged 10 and 11 ‘severely obese’

Oct 11, 2018 by

Official data puts one in 25 children in year 6 in England in highest category of being overweight

A record number of 10- and 11-year-olds in England are classed as “severely obese”, official figures show.

One in 25 children in year 6 of primary school are now so dangerously overweight that they are in that category, according to the latest annual findings of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

Children classed as severely obese have a body mass index on or above the 99.6th percentile for their age and gender. The proportion of year 6 pupils in that category has risen by more than a third since 2006-07.

The figures, based on weighing and measuring more than a million schoolchildren, are the definitive measure of children’s weight in England.

The data shows that the proportion of reception pupils who are either overweight or obese has fallen slightly over the last year from 22.6% in 2016-17 to 22.4% last year. That equates to 136,586 children aged four or five.

But the percentage of year 6 pupils in that category has risen, albeit very slightly, over the same period from 34.2% to 34.3%. This means that 197,888 pupils aged 10 or 11 are carrying excess weight.

Source: Record number of children aged 10 and 11 ‘severely obese’ | Society | The Guardian

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