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Parents will be told if their child is overweight

From September this year, parents of children who have been weighed and measured at school could automatically receive their child's results in a bid to get parents to be more aware about healthy lifestyles, and help their children achieve a healthy weight, Health Minister Ivan Lewis announced today.

The National Child Measurement Programme weighs and measures the height of all primary school children in Reception Class and Year Six (aged 4-5 and 10-11). This year, the government is urging primary care trusts (PCTs) to send parents the results so that parents don't have to ask for them.

At this stage, about 40% of local primary healthcare trusts have said they intend to automatically contact parents in the next school year, and a further 40% will decide when they see the new guidance issued today.

Ivan Lewis said: "Research shows that most parents of overweight or obese children think that their child is a healthy weight. This important move isn't about pointing the finger and telling parents that their children are overweight, instead it's about equipping parents with the information they need to help their children live healthier lives."

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