Foster carers will probably be aware that the issue of childhood obesity has again hit the headlines. And this is despite figures from Public Health England that were reported on in 2018 that indicated a record number of primary school children were leaving school severely obese. That equated to over 22,000 children – the highest level since records were started. Prior to the figures that showed 1 in 25 10-to-11-year-olds were severely obese, the rates of childhood obesity had in the past been reasonably stable. More recent figures have shown that levels of severe obesity have over the last ten years been on a significant upward trend. Severe obesity is having a BMI (Body Mass Index) on or above the 99.6th percentile for a child’s age and gender.
The chief nutritionist at Public health England, Dr Alison Tedstone, stated such rising trends were:
“extremely worrying and have been decades in the making – reversing them will not happen overnight.” And that…
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