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Childhood obesity common in first year of school, say government figures

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Government statistics have revealed the extent of obesity among children in the first year of school.

Data shows the 22.9% of children in reception year, aged four to five, were overweight or obese.

Nearly a third (31.6%)of children aged 10 to 11 were overweight and boys were more likely to have weight problems than girls.

The Department of Health has been collecting data on the weight of children, and has information on the weight of 80% of schoolchildren in aged four to five and 10-11.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: "Knowing how many children are overweight or obese and spotting trends is key to ensuring that families, communities, public services, industry and government take the right action in tackling obesity.’
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