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A third of England’s 10 and 11 year olds are overweight, reveal shocking new figures

England’s 10 and 11 year olds are fatter than ever before, damning NHS statistics today revealed.

The severity of the obesity crisis has been laid bare, as figures show more than a third of children in Year Six are overweight or obese.

And almost a quarter, around 150,000 youngsters, are obese or severely obese.

The NHS today said the shock figures show the Government is ‘clearly not on track’ in attempts to curb childhood obesity.

Children are more than four times likely to be obese if they live in a poor area, such as Wolverhampton, compared to a rich area, such as Richmond. 

It follow the nation’s chief medical officer laying out a series of radical plans -including banning on snacks on buses – to tackle the growing obesity crisis. 

England’s 10 and 11 year olds are fatter than ever before, damning NHS statistics today revealed. Almost a quarter of Year Six children are obese or severely obese

The latest NHS data shows a staggering 24.6 per cent of Year 6 children are either obese or severely obese.

The rate of children that are severely obese is the highest rate on record, and three times higher than 12 years ago.

It’s increased to 4.4 per cent from 3.2 per cent in 2006/7, and 4.2 per cent in 2017/18.

Overall, more than a third of Year 6 pupils (34.3 per cent) are overweight or obese – an 8.5 per cent figure on the 31.6 per cent in 2006/7.

It means around 205,923 children are too heavy for their age before they have left primary school.  

Children aged four to five are also fatter than they were last year, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data showed.

HOW HAVE THE FIGURES CHANGED? 

Year Six children who are overweight or obese 

2006/7: 31.6 per cent

2018/19: 34/3 per cent

Year Six children who are obese:

2006/7: 17.5 per cent

2018/19: 20.2 per cent 

Year Six children who are severely obese: 

2006/7: 3.2 per cent

2018/19: 4.4 per cent  

Overall, 22.6 per cent of Reception class children are overweight or obese, amounting to 135,020 children, compared with 22.4 per cent last year. 

More than one in ten children in Reception are either severely obese (2.4 per cent, the same as the previous year) or obese (9.7 per cent – up on the 9.5 per cent on the previous year).  

The figures on childhood obesity in Reception age since since 2006/7 have stayed relatively the same.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: ‘These figures show that, as a country, we are clearly not on track to meet the government’s sensible goal of halving childhood obesity.

‘While the NHS will be there for patients, services and budgets will obviously be placed under more strain. So we also need combined action from parents, businesses and government to safeguard our children from this preventable harm.’ 

More than one in ten children in Reception are either obese or severely obese, figures show

More than one in ten children in Reception are either obese or severely obese, figures show

‘Obesity is a dangerous public health threat for our children, leading to a string of serious illnesses.’

Mr Stevens comments echo those of Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who said drastic measures were needed to combat childhood obesity.

In her final report published yesterday, Professor Davies urged the banning of eating food on public transport to prevent ‘mindless snacking’.

She warned that the country is ‘nowhere near’ meeting 2030 ambitions to slash childhood obesity rates by half. 

Jo Churchill, Public Health Minister said: ‘These data highlight once again how important it is for us to tackle childhood obesity, which has a devastating impact on the health of our children.’ 

WHERE ARE 10 AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST PREVALENCE OF FAT CHILDREN IN YEAR SIX?

Barking and Dagenham 44.9

Wolverhampton 44.4

Hartlepool 43.7

Knowsley 43.0

Newham 42.9

Sandwell 42.4

Enfield 42.3

Brent 41.5

Greenwich 41.5

Tower Hamlets 41.4

WHERE ARE 10 AREAS WITH THE LOWEST PREVALENCE OF FAT CHILDREN IN YEAR SIX?

Richmond upon Thames 23.4

Bath and North East Somerset 25.6

Surrey 25.7

Brighton and Hove 25.9

Wokingham 26.4

Devon 27.0

North Somerset 27.1

Cambridgeshire 27.1

West Berkshire 27.7

Windsor and Maidenhead 28.0

WHERE ARE 10 AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST PREVALENCE OF FAT CHILDREN IN RECEPTION?

Kingston upon Hull 29.4

Knowsley 29.0

Redcar and Cleveland 28.8

Blackpool 28.7

St. Helens 28.5

Liverpool 27.8

Newcastle upon Tyne 27.3

Wolverhampton 27.2

Halton 27.1

Sefton 26.9

WHERE ARE 10 AREAS WITH THE LOWEST PREVALENCE OF FAT CHILDREN IN RECEPTION? 

Kingston upon Thames 15.3

Richmond upon Thames 16.5

Windsor and Maidenhead 16.8

Surrey 16.9

Wandsworth 17.4

Cambridgeshire 17.8

Harrow 17.9

Buckinghamshire 18.2

Wokingham 18.6

Poole 19.0

Yesterday, Professor Dame Sally Davies, nicknamed the nation's 'nanny-in-chief' for her bold public health interventions, warned that the country is 'nowhere near' meeting 2030 ambitions to slash childhood obesity rates by half

Yesterday, Professor Dame Sally Davies, nicknamed the nation’s ‘nanny-in-chief’ for her bold public health interventions, warned that the country is ‘nowhere near’ meeting 2030 ambitions to slash childhood obesity rates by half

WHAT HAS DAME SALLY RECOMMENDED IN HER FINAL REPORT?

+ Ban all food and drink except water on urban public transport;

+ Use Brexit to simplify VAT rates on food – apply the tax to unhealthy food, remove it from healthy food;

+ Phase out any advertising and sponsorship of unhealthy foods and drink at major public venues;

+ Schools to ensure healthy meals are provided at a low price, including to children receiving free school meals;

+ Calorie caps for all food and drink sold by restaurants and takeaways, including online firms;

+ Nutrition labelling to be made mandatory on the front of food packs in supermarkets and on all menus in restaurants;

+ If ‘sufficient progress’ is not made on sugar reduction targets, by 2021 the Government should either extend the soft drinks levy to sugary food, or implement ‘cigarette-style’ plain packaging;

+ Taxes or plain packaging should be considered for calorie-rich food by 2024.

Caroline Cerny, from the Obesity Health Alliance said: ‘Every child has the right to grow up healthy, but this data shows the stark reality is that children are being overwhelmed by a flood of unhealthy food in our environment. 

‘The number of children with a weight classified as severely obese is at an all-time high and this will damage their health now and in the future.

‘It’s time for the Government to bring in the measures that we know will stem the tide of unhealthy food marketing and promotions, starting with the long overdue 9pm watershed on junk food adverts on TV and online.’

In both Reception and Year 6, boys are more likely to be severely obese.

The difference is most staggering in Year 6, where 5.2 per cent of boys are severely obese compared with 3.4 per cent of girls.

The data also showed the widening gap between rates of childhood obesity in the most deprived areas compared with the least. 

Almost half (44.9 per cent) of all year six children in Barking and Dagenham were considered to be overweight, obese or severely obese in 2018/19.

Four other London boroughs ranked in the top 10: Enfield (42.3 per cent), Brent (41.5 per cent), Greenwich (41.5 per cent) and Tower Hamlets (41.4 per cent). 

In contrast, the rate was just 23.4 per cent in Richmond upon Thames, which had the lowest prevalence of obesity among 10 and 11 year olds. 

Among Reception-aged children, Kingston upon Hull had the highest prevalence of youngsters being overweight (29.4 per cent).

It was followed by Knowsley in Merseyside (29 per cent), Redcar and Cleveland (28.8 per cent) and Blackpool (28.7 per cent).

At the other end of the scale came Kingston upon Thames (15.3 per cent), Richmond upon Thames (16.5 per cent) and Windsor and Maidenhead (16.8 per cent). 

Children with excess weight are more likely to suffer from poor self-esteem, bullying and stigma in childhood. 

They are also more likely to be overweight or obese as adults, increasing their risk of serious illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. 

WHERE ARE CHILDREN IN YEAR SIX THE MOST OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
Region and Local Authority Number Prevalence
Barking and Dagenham 1,547 44.9
Wolverhampton 1,433 44.4
Hartlepool 499 43.7
Knowsley 733 43
Newham 1,991 42.9
Sandwell 1,964 42.4
Enfield 1,851 42.3
Brent 1,530 41.5
Greenwich 1,375 41.5
Tower Hamlets 1,302 41.4
Manchester 2,516 41
Birmingham 6,284 40.7
Walsall 1,492 40.7
Newcastle upon Tyne 1,127 40.6
Slough 932 40.4
Hackney1 1,001 40.1
Halton 602 39.9
Luton 1,289 39.9
Southwark 1,235 39.9
Middlesbrough 719 39.8
Redbridge 1,589 39.8
Blackpool 605 39.5
Hounslow 1,259 39.5
Stoke-on-Trent 1,203 39.5
Dudley 1,470 39.4
Liverpool 1,980 39.4
Islington 698 39.3
Sunderland 1,227 39.2
Nottingham 1,332 39.2
Hillingdon 1,490 39.1
Westminster 511 38.9
Croydon 1,690 38.8
Ealing 1,620 38.7
Bradford 2,712 38.4
Rochdale 1,133 38.2
Waltham Forest 1,219 38.2
Coventry 1,642 38.2
Haringey 1,099 38.1
Gateshead 747 38.1
Darlington 447 38
Thurrock 890 37.8
Leicester 1,756 37.7
Wakefield 1,380 37.7
South Tyneside 601 37.7
County Durham 2,100 37.6
Bexley 1,189 37.6
Wigan 1,332 37.4
Oldham 1,174 37.4
Redcar and Cleveland 560 37.4
Lambeth 1,076 37.2
Rotherham 1,192 37.2
Salford 1,073 37.1
Derby 1,216 37
Peterborough 1,025 36.9
St. Helens 749 36.9
Blackburn with Darwen 799 36.6
Portsmouth 775 36.4
Medway 1,183 36.4
Havering 1,071 36.4
Harrow 1,052 36.2
Telford and Wrekin 784 36.2
Lewisham 1,177 36.2
Tameside 980 36.2
Southampton 939 36
Bedford 747 35.7
Kingston upon Hull, City of 1,080 35.7
Leeds 3,117 35.6
Doncaster 1,318 35.6
Sutton 829 35.5
Camden 505 35.5
North Tyneside 821 35.5
Kirklees 1,922 35.5
Lincolnshire 2,781 35.4
Sefton 990 35.4
Cheshire West and Chester 1,328 35.3
Torbay 464 35.3
Hammersmith and Fulham 457 35.2
Bolton 1,348 35.1
Barnet 1,440 35
Sheffield 2,165 35
Stockton-on-Tees 844 34.9
Bury 778 34.9
Staffordshire 3,082 34.8
Barnsley 933 34.7
Milton Keynes 1,180 34.5
Calderdale 917 34.5
North Lincolnshire 651 34.4
Lancashire 4,579 34.4
North East Lincolnshire 645 34.3
Kensington and Chelsea 310 34.3
Herefordshire, County of 600 34.1
Wirral 1,189 34
Reading 607 34
Wandsworth 775 33.6
Cumbria 1,675 33.6
Merton 770 33.5
Swindon 875 33.5
Warrington 844 33.4
Southend-on-Sea 656 33
Worcestershire 1,912 32.8
Norfolk 2,870 32.8
Isle of Wight 388 32.7
Warwickshire 1,953 32.6
Northamptonshire 2,626 32.4
Cheshire East 1,243 32.4
Northumberland 1,074 32.4
Derbyshire 2,681 32.3
Kent 5,336 32.2
Plymouth 836 32.2
East Riding of Yorkshire 1,130 32.1
Solihull 794 32
Gloucestershire 2,098 31.9
Nottinghamshire 2,794 31.7
Trafford 908 31.6
Somerset 1,588 31.5
Essex 4,953 31.4
Stockport 1,028 31.3
Bristol, City of 1,402 31.3
Bromley 1,118 31.1
Bournemouth 529 30.8
North Yorkshire 1,684 30.7
Hampshire 4,288 30.5
York 587 30.4
Suffolk 2,281 30.3
Leicestershire 2,203 30.2
Shropshire 814 30.1
Poole 415 29.8
Cornwall1 1,507 29.6
Buckinghamshire 1,702 29.4
Dorset 1,149 28.9
Rutland 107 28.8
Hertfordshire 3,671 28.6
Oxfordshire 1,981 28.6
Central Bedfordshire 937 28.5
East Sussex 1,477 28.3
South Gloucestershire 866 28.2
Bracknell Forest 381 28.2
West Sussex 2,344 28.1
Wiltshire 1,388 28.1
Kingston upon Thames 523 28
Windsor and Maidenhead 422 28
West Berkshire 507 27.7
Cambridgeshire 1,727 27.1
North Somerset 568 27.1
Devon 1,738 27
Wokingham 532 26.4
Brighton and Hove 647 25.9
Surrey 2,875 25.7
Bath and North East Somerset 430 25.6
Richmond upon Thames 521 23.4
 WHERE ARE CHILDREN IN RECEPTION THE MOST OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
Region and Local Authority Number Prevalence
Kingston upon Hull, City of 944 29.4
Knowsley 505 29
Redcar and Cleveland 424 28.8
Blackpool 472 28.7
St. Helens 561 28.5
Liverpool 1,462 27.8
Newcastle upon Tyne 810 27.3
Wolverhampton 898 27.2
Halton 381 27.1
Sefton 793 26.9
Southwark 796 26.7
Wigan 919 26.5
Portsmouth 600 26.3
Wakefield 1,045 26.2
Walsall 968 26
Brent 923 26
Dudley 969 26
Plymouth 686 25.8
Stoke-on-Trent 814 25.7
North Lincolnshire 462 25.7
Greenwich 883 25.6
Telford and Wrekin 519 25.6
Torbay 358 25.5
Cumbria 1,180 25.5
Doncaster 888 25.4
Gateshead 498 25.3
Middlesbrough 477 25.3
North East Lincolnshire 466 25.2
Lincolnshire 1,941 25.2
Darlington 280 25.2
Manchester 1,538 25.1
Cornwall1 1,318 25
Barking and Dagenham 832 25
Staffordshire 2,206 25
North Somerset 524 24.8
Kent 4,088 24.7
South Tyneside 396 24.7
Salford 735 24.7
Derby 779 24.6
Sunderland 697 24.5
Hartlepool 260 24.4
North Tyneside 558 24.4
Sandwell 1,082 24.3
Havering 757 24.3
Rotherham 739 24.3
Hackney1 602 24.1
Enfield 942 24
Nottingham 815 24
Birmingham 3,604 24
County Durham 1,307 23.9
Wirral 847 23.9
Derbyshire 1,917 23.9
Rochdale 698 23.9
York 436 23.9
Medway 811 23.8
Isle of Wight 290 23.8
Bury 534 23.7
Luton 743 23.6
Hounslow 753 23.6
Herefordshire, County of 419 23.6
North Yorkshire 1,241 23.5
Stockport 791 23.4
East Sussex 1,181 23.4
Oldham 720 23.4
Lancashire 3,044 23.4
Tameside 651 23.3
Leeds 2,127 23.3
Newham 1,035 23.2
Sheffield 1,415 23.2
Kirklees 1,201 23.2
Rutland 87 23
Calderdale 592 22.9
Reading 423 22.9
Warrington 540 22.9
Haringey 626 22.8
Cheshire West and Chester 851 22.8
Norfolk 1,966 22.7
Lambeth 657 22.7
Shropshire 577 22.7
Cheshire East 855 22.6
Bexley 669 22.6
Southend-on-Sea 456 22.5
Nottinghamshire 1,989 22.5
Coventry 934 22.4
Essex 3,583 22.4
Southampton 601 22.3
Bristol, City of 1,116 22.3
Thurrock 530 22.2
Croydon 958 22.2
Slough 489 22.2
Bedford 495 22.2
Bolton 858 22.2
Dorset 793 22.1
Warwickshire 1,340 22.1
Gloucestershire 1,440 22
Somerset 1,168 22
Waltham Forest 707 21.9
Milton Keynes 773 21.9
Bradford 1,411 21.8
Tower Hamlets 689 21.8
Peterborough 604 21.6
Bath and North East Somerset 373 21.6
Stockton-on-Tees 511 21.6
Hampshire 3,118 21.5
Northamptonshire 1,619 21.5
Ealing 836 21.5
Barnsley 571 21.3
Bournemouth 387 21.2
Blackburn with Darwen 424 21.2
Islington 369 21.2
Wiltshire 1,064 20.9
Lewisham 680 20.8
Leicester 916 20.8
Swindon 555 20.7
Bromley 776 20.6
Central Bedfordshire 711 20.4
Hillingdon 795 20.4
Solihull 552 20.3
Trafford 577 20.2
Westminster 209 20.2
Brighton and Hove 490 20.2
Merton 447 20.1
East Riding of Yorkshire 643 20.1
Northumberland 602 20
Kensington and Chelsea 172 20
Camden 263 19.9
Suffolk 1,484 19.8
Redbridge 799 19.8
Leicestershire 1,445 19.8
Bracknell Forest 266 19.8
South Gloucestershire 639 19.7
Worcestershire 1,173 19.7
Devon 1,196 19.6
Sutton 430 19.5
West Berkshire 352 19.5
Oxfordshire 1,348 19.4
Hertfordshire 2,638 19.4
West Sussex 1,638 19.3
Barnet 780 19.1
Hammersmith and Fulham 245 19
Poole 286 19
Wokingham 387 18.6
Buckinghamshire 1,052 18.2
Harrow 526 17.9
Cambridgeshire 1,179 17.8
Wandsworth 461 17.4
Surrey 1,781 16.9
Windsor and Maidenhead 258 16.8
Richmond upon Thames 373 16.5
Kingston upon Thames 292 15.3

WHAT IS OBESITY? AND WHAT ARE ITS HEALTH RISKS?

Obesity is defined as an adult having a BMI of 30 or over.

A healthy person’s BMI – calculated by dividing weight in kg by height in metres, and the answer by the height again – is between 18.5 and 24.9. 

Among children, obesity is defined as being in the 95th percentile.

Percentiles compare youngsters to others their same age. 

For example, if a three-month-old is in the 40th percentile for weight, that means that 40 per cent of three-month-olds weigh the same or less than that baby.

Around 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men in the UK are overweight or obese. 

The condition costs the NHS around £6.1billion, out of its approximate £124.7 billion budget, every year.

This is due to obesity increasing a person’s risk of a number of life-threatening conditions.

Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness and even limb amputations.

Research suggests that at least one in six hospital beds in the UK are taken up by a diabetes patient.

Obesity also raises the risk of heart disease, which kills 315,000 people every year in the UK – making it the number one cause of death.

Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different cancers. 

This includes breast, which affects one in eight women at some point in their lives.

Among children, research suggests that 70 per cent of obese youngsters have high blood pressure or raised cholesterol, which puts them at risk of heart disease.

Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults. 

And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is often more severe.  

As many as one in five children start school in the UK being overweight or obese, which rises to one in three by the time they turn 10.  

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