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Brum's kids 'among the most obese'.

By PAUL COLE Print Editor @_paulcole_ CHILDREN in Birmingham are among the most obese in Britain, worrying new figures reveal.

In Birmingham a weighty 39.2 per cent of 10 and 11-year-old youngsters are now clinically obese.

Stark differences in obesity levels according to where children live are becoming wider, with some regions having twice as high figures as others, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

In some regions, there are particularly high numbers of overweight and obese children in Year 6, with Southwark and Newham in London having the highest proportion at 43.2 per cent.

In Lambeth, 41.8 per cent of children are overweight or obese, as are 41.9 per cent in Tower Hamlets and 39.2 per cent in Birmingham.

By contrast, just 26 per cent of children in Surrey meet the clinical criteria. Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: "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."

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: "We are still facing a situation where a third of children leave primary school either overweight or obese - more than was the case a decade ago - and where twice as many children leave primary school obese as enter it obese.

"It is also unacceptable that children living in the most deprived areas are more than twice as likely as those living in the most affluent areas to become obese, with all the health problems that entails."

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Date:Nov 27, 2015
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