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Concern at weight of East Yorkshire children
6:14pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
THE number of overweight children in East Yorkshire is higher than the national average, according to figures which will be discussed by councillors next week.
Data produced by the National Child Measurement Programme has shown almost 15 per cent of reception-age children in the region – those aged four or five – are overweight, compared to an England-wide and Yorkshire-wide figure of 13.1 per cent.
Among Year Six pupils, who are aged ten and 11, 15.5 per cent are overweight, 0.8 per cent above the English average and 1.1 per cent against the average for Yorkshire. However, the percentage of children in both age groups who are obese is below the national and regional levels.
A report by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s director of public health, Tim Allison, which will go before the authority’s health, care and wellbeing scrutiny committee tomorrow, said more than a quarter of East Yorkshire adults were classed as obese.
The council’s public health team held on “obesity summit” over the summer to look at the issue, with a series of community schemes now being developed to address it, while £234,000 has been allocated to a “health trainers” service which tackles weight, smoking, mental and sexual health and alcohol problems.
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