Childhood obesity in England stops increasing

Childhood obesity in England has stopped increasing, NHS Information Centre figures suggest.

In 2007, 31% of boys aged 2 to 15 years, and 30% of girls of the same age, were overweight or obese.

However, there was no significant change in the proportion of children who were overweight or obese between 2006 and 2007, indicating that increases in obesity prevalence may have begun to flatten out.

The figures also showed that most children were meeting government targets on physical activity, by undertaking at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.

A report of the findings is available from the NHS Information Centre website.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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