Obesity hits one in 25 primary school children

Sorry, no compatible source and playback technology were found for this video. Try using another browser like Chrome or download the latest Adobe Flash Player.

Sorry, video is not available for your device…

Obesity hits one in 25 primary school children

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.

More on this story

More in News

Sexual abuse victim Ione Wells on how she found hope again

While her own attacker reflects on his actions – Ms Wells hosts workshops in schools and colleges to talk to young people about consent

Lord Leach: Only 'big picture' reform will keep Britain in the EU

Through his think-tank Open Europe, Lord Leach is at the heart of the referendum debate, consulted by both camps. He explains to Margareta Pagano...

Ex-Autonomy chiefs say HP was warned over revenue growth

A due diligence report  for HP mentioned accounting differences