World News – GB – Overweight or obese third grade 6 student in Cambridgeshire

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Childhood obesity is strongly linked to deprivation, with the obesity rate in the poorest areas more than double that of people living in less deprived areas

New figures from the National Children’s Measurement Program revealed that at least 1,140 grade 6 students in the county were classified as clinically overweight or obese in 2019/20

At age 14, 4% of Cambridgeshire grade 6 students are overweight, another 15% are obese

The figure includes 90 children (23% of all 6th graders measured in the region) who are severely obese

This would be the equivalent of a 4-foot-8-inch boy – the average height for a 10-year-old – weighing almost 13 stones, or more

Caroline Cerny, Alliance Manager at Obesity Health Alliance, said: “These results are not good news for children’s health

« The latest data shows that this year, like most other years, the number of children who are classified as obese has continued to increase, with those living in the most disadvantaged areas twice as likely to be touched

« In a year when public health has been propelled to the forefront of politics, we must now act on children’s health – not just words

« Getting junk food out of the spotlight through restrictions on marketing and promotions – including the 9pm turn on junk food ads – should be the first step

« The sooner we act, the sooner we can give all children the chance to grow up healthy »

Meanwhile, 188% of all foster children in Cambridgeshire are also overweight or obese, with 118% overweight and 7% obesity)

Within that, 13% of the region’s four and five year olds are severely obese

Childhood obesity isn’t just a problem in Cambridgeshire – in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, the rate is even higher, with 232% of children in 6th grade and 11% of children in reception classified as obese

The prevalence of obesity is strongly linked to deprivation, with the obesity rate among children living in the poorest areas more than double that of those living in less deprived areas

The poorest children are also almost four times more likely to be severely obese than the least deprived

The government has pledged to halve childhood obesity by 2030, but the problem appears to be getting worse rather than better

Across England, 21% of grade 6 children are obese, up from 202% last year, while 99% of children at reception are obese, up from 97 percent

In this context, the proportion of severely obese children has increased from 24 percent to 25 cents for children of foster age and from 44 percent to 47% for those in year 6

The proportion of obese grade 6 children is the highest since the launch of the National Child Measurement Program in 2006/07 – and although the reception figure has fluctuated more, it is the same as ’13 years ago

These figures date back to March 2020 – since then the government has announced new measures to tackle childhood obesity, including banning the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar or salt on television and online before 9 p.m.

The strategy also includes limiting volume promotions, ending the promotion of products high in fat, sugar and salt by volume and location, both online and in-store, and introducing the calorie labeling of food and drink in large restaurants, cafes and take out

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said: “We are committed to tackling obesity at all ages and we have already taken important steps: cut sugar in half of drinks on sale, fund exercise programs in schools and fight childhood obesity locally

« Our ambitious obesity strategy includes banning unhealthy food ads on TV before 9 p.m. and we will be consulting shortly to expand this total ban online to help children and their parents do healthy choices »

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World news – GB – One third of overweight or obese sixth graders in Cambridgeshire
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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-overweight-or-obese-third-grade-6-student-in-cambridgeshire/?remotepost=508664

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