Child obesity PCT concern

PUBLISHED: 14:59 15 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 May 2010

AN extended programme of weighing and measuring youngsters in Fenland primary schools is being used to help health chiefs tackle problems of childhood obesity. Latest figures should be ready by October after measuring at least 80 per cent of reception and

AN extended programme of weighing and measuring youngsters in Fenland primary schools is being used to help health chiefs tackle problems of childhood obesity.

Latest figures should be ready by October after measuring at least 80 per cent of reception and Year 6 classes in schools during the 2006/07 academic year.

Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust, said: "The UK has some of the highest rates of childhood obesity.

"Overweight and obese children may be more susceptible to social, psychological and physical health problems."

If current trends continue it has been predicted that 17 per cent of boys and 19 per cent of girls aged two to 10 will be obese by 2010, more than one million children.

The PCT will tackle the problem in a variety of ways including attempting to change behaviour of both children and parents, to treatment for children and families who are obese.

The Healthy Start Scheme provides vouchers to low income families with children under the age of four. Vouchers can be exchanged for vitamins, fruit and vegetables as well as milk and formula. Midwives and health visitors are continuing to promote breastfeeding.

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