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One in 10 school starters are obese

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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
So it apears one in ten children are obese when starting school, so where are these figures from then? I dont know of any school that weigh the children before starting


Almost one in 10 children starting primary school is obese, Department of Health figures reveal.

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The statistics are part of a breakdown of the nation's health designed to help people live longer and happier lives.

It is the first time figures, which highlight the "health gap" between the affluent and the poor, have been broken down by each local health authority.

They showed obesity among reception-year children, aged four to five, averaged just under 10% - with Teesdale in County Durham having the lowest rate (5%) and Hackney in London the highest (16%).

Government figures released in February showed nearly a quarter of children aged four to five (22.9%) and almost a third of 10 to 11-year-olds (31.6%) was obese or overweight.

But the true figure could be much higher - as parents can elect to "opt out" of having their children weighed at school.

The Health Profiles, published online, were prepared for every local authority and region across England by the Department of Health and the Association of Public Health Observatories. Health chiefs said they would help the NHS and local authorities to target their resources more effectively.

And they showed the health gap between the most affluent and most deprived wards within each local authority remained unacceptable, public health minister Dawn Primarolo said.

"Inequalities around the country are stark, but the NHS and Local Authorities can use these profiles to target local health hotspots with effective measures to make a real difference," she said.

In addition to the figures detailing child obesity, the profiles revealed an average of 86% of children aged five to 16 gain at least two hours sport or PE a week.
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#2
They have started screening childrens height and weight when they are in reception. My son is in reception and had a letter about it this week. It is all done anon but we had to give permission for his stats to be included.
banned#3
loveabargain
They have started screening childrens height and weight when they are in reception. My son is in reception and had a letter about it this week. It is all done anon but we had to give permission for his stats to be included.


wow really, not heard of this before, wonder how many schools they have done it on, probably certain areas
#4
sassie
So it apears one in ten children are obese when starting school, so where are these figures from then? I dont know of any school that weigh the children before starting...


Maybe they're the ones that get stuck between the gateposts??!
#5
Bad in it - haven't really got a very good start to life! Poor things!
banned#6
sassie
wow really, not heard of this before, wonder how many schools they have done it on, probably certain areas


They do it round here.
banned#7
The blame lies solely with the parents:whistling:
#8
I guess they get the information from various sources, including the red health books that every child has.
#9
Yeah, my eldest is nearly 11 and my other two are 7 and 4 years old. All of them were screened by the school nurse when they started in reception. This included height, weight, sight and hearing tests so I would pressuse that this is were they get the info. from. I agree with Prissymiss, and with the exception of cases whereby there is a medical cause (albiet the tiny minority) i think that parents are to blame for allowing their children to become obese.
#10
I think by 2012 or 2020, something like 40% of the people in the UK will be overweight/obese, Im happy with this fact, because it will be easier for me to get a job.

Its the parents fault, when I have kids, no way will they be eating thing they shouldn't.
banned#11
I must be the only one that has never heard of it, i must admit out of my sons school have only seen about 4 children that are rather big and of the 4 all 4 parents are big too

And as for the red health books i dont think my son has been weighed since he 3 and that was due to a hospital appointment

My kids eat some junk, and have to say we are not the healthiest of eaters and mine are both slim, although they are both tall so maybe they have luck on their side
#12
I am amazed at how many parents take their children to McDonald for breakfast. We are fast becoming like the Americans around the middle.
#13
Over the past couple of years I have noticed quite a few children in my eldest daughters' year getting bigger and bigger. And like you have pointed out sassie, I too have noticed that the vast majority of them have at least one obese parent as well. One particular girl in my daughters class has become so large in the past 12 months that it's almost painful to look at her. She couldn't even participate in sports day last week, and struggles to walk at any kind of normal pace. Everyday without fail on the morning and afternoon school run she eats crisps and sweets, and apparently finishes the rest of the other kids packed lunches (as well as eating her own) when they have had enough. Most of the other children just feel sorry for her, but others are picking on her and excluding her from things because they are embarrassed. I dread to think what this poor girl will have to put up with in September, when they move to secondary school. Thats why I blame the parents, I have no idea how any parent could 'allow' their child to become that size. With the impact that it has physically and emotionally on a child, for them not to do anything I see as a form of abuse.
#14
loveabargain
They have started screening childrens height and weight when they are in reception. My son is in reception and had a letter about it this week. It is all done anon but we had to give permission for his stats to be included.



my kids are in older years but they too have been screened at school for height and weight.
i think they were checked before christmas.
we have no idea of the results but i do feel it puts a lot of pressure on some of the kids to be aware of their body image.
of the kids in my sons classes i can only think of 2/3 girls who are a little overweight but not overly so.
problem is one of my kids is in year 6 (11 yr olds) and he commented the other day that some of the girls have to be monitored because they refuse to eat.

obesity is a problem but the schools don't help when they do not do proper PE any more and discourage competative sport, the only real exercise kids get is if they do it after school.
my sons play several after school sports but combined with all the homework they get, even as infants, time is at a premium.
#15
sassie


And as for the red health books i dont think my son has been weighed since he 3 and that was due to a hospital appointment


That is why I said that they will get their information from a variety of sources.
If only 50% of people have had their child weighed, then that is what they will base their figures on.

If a child was showing signs of being overweight at age 3, then they would add this figure to the pot.
banned#16
loveabargain
They have started screening childrens height and weight when they are in reception. My son is in reception and had a letter about it this week. It is all done anon but we had to give permission for his stats to be included.


yeah my children were screened too
banned#17
well it would be nice to think after going to all the efoort of finding this out they aim to help, but no doubt it will be just another statistic for people to talk about
banned#18
CHARLIETHIRTYTWO
Maybe they're the ones that get stuck between the gateposts??!


ROTFLMAO

Make bigger posts?:whistling:

Both my kids are skinny as rakes. The eldest does do a bit of execise, but not really into sports. He's quite happy to say no to sweets and is extremely selective on what he does eat. The youngest isnt so chosey, but he is very sporty and spends most of his time running around playing football.

The reason kids are getting fatter is the fact parents FEED them sweets and let them laze around on games consoles. I have no doubt those statistics are truthful. In fact, if anything, I'm surprised its not higher!
#19
guv

The reason kids are getting fatter is the fact parents FEED them sweets and let them laze around on games consoles. I have no doubt those statistics are truthful. In fact, if anything, I'm surprised its not higher!


I agree, people should be looking at the parents, children should also be educated more about food there little so they know what food does what, what food they should be eating, and what should be had in moderation.

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