Obesity in primary school children has fallen for the first time in six years, official figures show.
A report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that the number of obese or overweight 10-11 year olds has fallen from 34% to 33%.
The number of children aged 4-5 has fallen from 22.6% to 22.2%.
As with previous figures from the National Child Measurement Programme, children from deprived areas were almost twice as likely to be obese than those in the elast deprived areas.
And children living in urban areas were significantly more likely to be obese than those living in rural areas.
HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: “These figures provide clear insight into the weight of the next generation on both a national and local scale.
“The first drop in obesity prevalence among Year Six stands out, although we will need to see what the numbers say in future years to determine if this is the start of a decline or more of a blip.
“Today’s figures reflect an element of the health of our nation’s children and today’s report isn’t just of interest to people that make health policy, it will be of note to many parents in England.”
The full report is available to view on the HSCIC website.
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