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UK crisis: Record number of children aged 10 and 11 ‘severely obese’

UK crisis: Record number of children aged 10 and 11 ‘severely obese’

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) said that the UK faces the child overweight crisis, Daily Mail reported. According to the official figures, a record number of 10- and 11-year-old British children are “severely obese”.

Obesity among children become another challenge for the National Health System, said the UK researchers. The recent NCMP annual report that one in 25 children in year 6 is dangerously overweight. But the most dangerous is a record number of children aged 10 and 11 who severely obese.

According to the The National Child Measurement Programme, kid classed as severely obese if he or she has a body mass index on or above the 99.6th percentile for their age and gender. In the UK, the proportion of year 6 pupils in that category has risen significantly by more than 30 percent since 2006-07.

To figure out how deep is the excess weight problem in the country, the NCMP researchers were weighing and measuring more than a million schoolchildren during a year. The result shows that the proportion of reception pupils who are either overweight or obese has fallen slightly over the last year from 22.6% in 2016-17 to 22.4% last year. That equates to 136,586 children aged four or five, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said this was ‘totally unacceptable’.

The London borough of Brent has the highest level of severely obese children, with a rate of 7.8 per cent – more than five times higher than 1.5 per cent in the lowest, Richmond upon Thames.