Childhood obesity rates in the UK are to continue to spiral over the next five years

Mail Online | 9/11/2019 | Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Childhood obesity rates in the UK are to continue to spiral over the next five years, a damning report has found.

In its latest forecast, Public Health England predicts the number of obese primary school children could jump by up to four per cent by 2024.

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More than 34 per cent of 10 and 11 year olds are currently classified as obese, with the new forecast now between 33.4 per cent and 38.1 per cent.

It comes despite the Government's ambitious pledge to slash child obesity rates in half by 2030.

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Professor John Newton, the PHE's director of health improvement, admitted it was a 'reminder we need to redouble our efforts on childhood obesity'.

But he claimed it was 'important not to interpret this trend as a sign that what we're doing at the moment isn't working'.

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He added: 'The target is certainly an ambitious target, everybody would agree with that. Given the importance of child obesity it is important to have an ambitious target.'

Professor Newton blamed poverty as one of the leading causes of the childhood obesity crisis.

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He said: 'The question is, why does it vary so much, and that is because the conditions in which children live around the country, vary hugely.

'It goes back to a strong public health message. We need to build healthy communities and give every child the chance to grow up in a healthy community.'

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The country is in the grips of a childhood obesity epidemic, with one in every 25 10 to 11-year-olds are severely...
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