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Third of Year Six students are obese or overweight.

A THIRD of 10 and 11-year-olds in England are overweight or obese, rising to more than 40% in some regions, figures show.

The stark difference in obesity according to where children live is growing, with some regions having twice as high figures than others, according to a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

While the percentage of children who are obese or overweight in reception year (ages four and five) is falling, the proportion of older children who are overweight and obese remains stubbornly high, and has increased to 33.2% in 2014/15 from 31.6% in 2006/07.

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

And Hartlepool has 41.6% of children aged 10 to 11 who are overweight or obese.

In contrast, 26% of children in Surrey are the same.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, 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 unacceptable."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2015
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