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BHF - New figures show rising levels of obesity in children
The National Child Measurement Programme measures the height and weight of more than one million children in England each year. They found that 33.9 percent of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight or obese, a slight increase from the previous year.
BHF's Senior Cardiac Nurse, Amy Thompson, said: “The sad fact is that a third of 10 and 11 year olds are now overweight or obese. Unfortunately this is not just ‘puppy fat’ that will be left behind as they grow up - we know that obese children are more likely to become obese adults.
Obese children are more likely to become obese adults
“What we learn about food and physical activity at a young age can often help to shape our lifestyle as adults. Teaching kids about a balanced diet and encouraging them to stay active is the best way to help them maintain a healthy weight, and it might just safeguard their hearts in the future.”