An obesity crisis is facing primary school children after new figures show that more than 20,000 of them are classed as severely obese.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales says that statistics show that children are rapidly gaining weight as they go through school.
And it warns the severe child obesity rates are contributing to a "multi-billion pound ill-health time bomb".
Data for 2016/17, supplied by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), shows a total of 22,646 out of 556,452 (4.1%) of 10 and 11-year-olds in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.
This compares with 14,787 out of 629,359 (2.35%) of four and five-year-olds in reception class.