New figures released by the Childhood Measurement Programme have shown a rise in the number of Year 6 children who are overweight or obese, despite falling numbers of obese children in reception.
The statistics reveal that obesity prevalence among Year 6 children has increased since 2006-07. Nearly a fifth (19.1%) of Year 6 children are now obese, compared to 17.5% eight years ago and almost a third (33.2%) of Year 6 children are currently either overweight or obese, compared to 31.6% in 2006-07.
Simon Gillespie our Chief Executive said: "Falling rates of obesity in reception age children is promising, but the fact remains that we now have more children leaving primary school overweight or obese and this is simply unacceptable.
"Without a robust plan to tackle this issue, obesity rates will not fall, putting future generations at risk of deadly conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
"The Government urgently needs to introduce a range of measures including a 21:00 watershed ban on junk food marketing as well as greater restrictions on online advertising. This would support parents and families to protect their children’s health.
"We hope these figures act as a wake up call to the Government as they prepare to release their childhood obesity strategy in the New Year.”
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