Four out of five school children are now weighed

The DoH's National Child Measurement Programme is failing to identify the children most at risk of obesity, the chairman of the Child Growth Foundation has warned.

Around 80 per cent of school children in England have been weighed and measured, as part of the fight against childhood obesity, the DoH has announced.

The 2006/7 figures reveal that the number of children being weighed has increased by 32 per cent compared with the previous year. 

But Tam Fry, chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, believes that the targets set by the DoH do not go far enough.

‘The number of children aged 10 to 11 that are overweight has increased from 20.9 per cent to 31.6 per cent for 2006/7.

‘The DoH has achieved the target of 80 per cent that it has set itself.

‘The programme needs to become mandatory rather than optional so that we can reach a target of 100 per cent instead of just 80 per cent.'

The National Child Measurement Programme was first introduced in schools in 2005 to help local health services identify children at risk of becoming overweight.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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