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Child obesity data no help by itself

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Government plans to send children’s weight data to parents will be meaningless without adequate explanation and support, warn nurses.

Government plans to send children’s weight data to parents will be meaningless without adequate explanation and support, warn nurses.

School nurses measure the height and weight of children aged 4–11 but the results are currently only available to parents on request.

An amendment to the National Child Measurement Programme, made in the new health and social care bill, means these results will be sent automatically.

Sharon White, professional officer for the School and Public Health Nurses Association, said: ‘My concern is the support for parents who are told their child is overweight. They will need help to unpick the things that have lead to their child being obese in the first place.’

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