More than a quarter of year six kids overweight - figures show

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 January 2012

A total of 29.1 per cent of year six children in North Somerset are considered to be overweight

A total of 29.1 per cent of year six children in North Somerset are considered to be overweight

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MORE than a quarter of year six children in North Somerset are overweight, according to new research.

The study, released by the NHS, shows that 15.9 per cent of children aged 10 or 11 in the area covered by North Somerset Primary Care Trust are classed as obese.

A further 13.2 per cent are classed as overweight, meaning a total of 29.1 per cent have more body fat than is considered healthy..

For reception age kids, aged four and five, the research shows 15.1 per cent are classed as overweight while 8.9 per cent are obese.

The report, released as part of the national child measurement programme and compiled during the 2010/11 school year, shows children in Plymouth are the worst affected in the South West, with 18.9 per cent of children recorded as obese.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said one of the health initiatives it is championing is the Mind Exercise, Nutrition, Do it (MEND) programme.

The programme consists of after-school sessions held twice a week to boost esteem and help youngsters lose weight.

Independent research has shown that children attending MEND, which is available for free in North Somerset, have benefited from weight loss and fitness and self-esteem.

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