Figures published today by Public Health England show that nationally one child in 25 aged between 10-11 in their last year at primary school is obese. Shockingly figures for Bradford show that MORE than 40 per cent of children in the Bradford district are overweight or obese when they leave primary school, with more than a quarter obese or severely obese.
Obesity is also more prevalent among children from ethnic minority backgrounds than among white children, and boys were revealed to be more obese than girls. Jeanette Sunderland, Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley said these figures are really worrying as being obese as a child can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
The statistics, published today, also show upward trends in the number of overweight and obese children of the same age. PHE also found that the gap between the most deprived and least deprived areas is increasing faster in Year 6 than in reception classes.
"Despite Councillors raising the issue many times the Council still persists in selling high sugar drinks in its swimming pools. It is not possible for a child to work off the calories in a tin of coke in a swimming session. It is ridiculous that the Council does not ban these from its sports and leisure centres. the Council also continues to allow fast food shops to operate close to schools so children can nip out at lunch time or after school to buy junk. It all adds up to an unhealthy population which it not good for the long term health of the population.The Council needs to up its game in helping people to buy healthier options, must start to insist that children are taught cookery skills and start to regulate the sale of junk takeaway food."