PCTs aim to slow rise in obesity among children

PCTs should set three-year targets that aim to slow the rise of obesity in children to less than the current rate of increase of 0.5 per cent a year, DoH guidance says.

Around a third of children in Britain are currently obese, and the DoH estimates that  ‘prevalence of obesity in children in both Reception and Year 6 is rising at a yearly rate around 0.5 per cent'.

Guidance on setting goals for tackling obesity published last week says: ‘We suggest that local plans are based on achieving a change in prevalence in each of the three years that betters this current national trend (that is, either an increase of less than 0.5 per cent, no increase at all, or a reduction in obesity).'

 

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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