Childrens Obesity figures are stable

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 July 2011

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CHILD obesity remains stable in North Somerset according to figures released by the Public Health Observatories.

Obesity in reception year children has increased by 1.9 per cent from 2009 to 2010 and for year six children it has reduced by 0.6 per cent.

The figures come from the district’s health profile which presents statistics of health issues.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for children and young people Jeremy Blatchford said: “Poor nutrition and lack of exercise is a major health problem and our joint team is currently revising their techniques to make greater inroads into obesity.

“The great benefit this will bring is better general health, greater stamina and better life chances.

“Because our lives are far more sedentary and less energetic than even our parents so we must change eating habits accordingly.

“Many children are fed inadequately and become too under weight, teenage girls particularly force themselves to be too underweight to comply with the latest fashions.

“We cannot over stress the need for proper nutrition whilst growing up, even if you suffer from being overweight in later years the gains in childhood keep you much healthier.”

A NHS North Somerset spokesman said: “We are working in close collaboration with the council to make our wide ranging childhood obesity action plan.

“This brings together action for pregnant and nursing women, pre-school and school children and reflects the range of activities which are currently being delivered across the district.

“A key part of the plan is to provide encouragement, support and increased opportunity for children to take part in physical activity outside school through the work of the Go4Life partnership.”

NHS Somerset, the council and Weston Area Health Trust recently launched maternal and child nutrition guidelines.

The spokesman said: “They provide the consistent guidance and information mothers and carers for young children need to ensure that they receive the best possible start to life.”

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