Over 22000 10 and 11-year-olds are severely obese, research finds

Higher rates of tax should be slapped on unhealthy foods to help combat the obesity epidemic MPs said last night. File

This compares with 14,787 out of 629,359 (2.35%) of four and five-year-olds in reception class.

The number of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as severely obese in the final year of school is almost double that of those in reception, new figures have revealed.

The letter notes that nearly 43,000 under-18s were admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in England in 2016/17, mostly due to rotten teeth associated with sugar consumption, and nearly one in four children are above a healthy weight when they start primary school, rising to more than 1 in 3 by the time they leave primary school.

In adults, a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above means a person is severely obese, at least 60% higher than the upper healthy weight BMI limit of 24.9.

Commenting on the report, Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "Just this week, the scale of the country's obesity problem was propelled back into the spotlight as over 22,500 10 and 11-year-olds are classed as being severely obese, so this report is extremely timely".

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The Local Government Association (LGA) has released an analysis of data produced from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) which has found that over 22,000 of those aged 10 and 11 are severely obese.

A group of MPs say that fictional cartoon characters, like Tony the Tiger and The Milky Bar kid, should be banned from being used to promote unhealthy food to children.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman defended the Government's programme for tackling childhood obesity as "among the most comprehensive in the world".

But the LGA said such prevention work, including the ability of councils to provide weight management services for children and adults, is being hampered by a £600m cut to local authority public health budgets between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

The Committee recommends that the government puts into place more robust measures around early years and the first 1,000 days of life, which should include targets to improve child health including - but not limited to - the combatting of childhood obesity using all school-centred measures within the original childhood obesity plan.

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Izzi Seccombe, the chairwoman of the LGA's community wellbeing board, said: "Unless we tackle this obesity crisis, today's obese children will become tomorrow's obese adults".

Severe obesity has been shown to shorten a person's life by ten...

There should be a 9pm watershed on the advertising of "junk" food and a total ban on having recognisable branded and licensed characters (i.e. ones that children identify with and admire) advertising HFFS (high fat, sugar and salt) products in the media.

'This short-sighted approach risks causing NHS costs to snowball due to the ill health consequences of obesity in our younger generation'.

More children in Cumbria are starting school overweight than anywhere else in England.

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