Data published by the national child measurement programme (NCMP), overseen by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that the rate of severe obesity on Year 6 children has increased to 4.2% since 2006-2007.
The proportion of overweight and obese Year 6 children is 34.3%, equal to 197,888 children aged 10-11.
The report also highlights inequalities, with the data displaying that obesity figures in the poorest areas are double that in affluent areas. The most deprived areas saw Year 6 obesity rates of 26.8% compared to 11.7% in the least deprived areas.
Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: ‘Obesity is a problem that has been decades in the making – one that will take significant effort across government, schools, families and wider society to address. We cannot expect to see a reversal in trends overnight – but we have been clear that we are willing to do whatever it takes to keep children healthy and well in this country.
‘We have already removed tonnes of sugar from children’s diets through the sugar tax, which has funded vital school sports and breakfast programmes, and this summer we announced the second chapter of our childhood obesity strategy with a series of bold plans to halve childhood obesity by 2030.’
To read the full report here