Obesity figures for children set to be released

CHILDREN across Somerset have been weighed in school to find out if certain villages have high levels of obese or overweight youngsters.

CHILDREN across Somerset have been weighed in school to find out if certain villages have high levels of obese or overweight youngsters.

Somerset Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the education authority have been busy collecting the results from all the county schools during the last academic year.

The data will now be analysed by the South West Strategic Health Authority and reports on trends and communities with increased weight of children will soon be ready.

A PCT spokesman said: "The data should serve as a useful tool for future service planning and we will be able to see where we might focus our efforts upon those schools and communities where weight gain and lack of a balanced diet could have an impact on health."


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The PCT is also working with the county council's Children's Services to educate youngsters on the importance of a balanced diet.

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