Latest Local Childhood Obesity Figures
Survey finds an increase in number of ‘overweight’ children
Each year, school children have their height and weight measured to help monitor and compare across the country and over a period of time.
NHS Hounslow measured 94 per cent of children in the school years of reception (aged four and five) and year 6 (aged ten and 11) to find our how many are ‘underweight’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘overweight’ and ‘very overweight’.
The results of this survey found, when compared with 2007-08
NHS Hounslow and London Borough of Hounslow’s, Joint Director of Public Health Dr Mike Robinson said, “For the first time, we sent a feedback letter to inform parents and carers on their child’s weight status for all children are weighed and measured in 2009/2010.
"It is important for parents to be aware of their child’s weight status and where necessary to help parents to make healthier lifestyle choices such as eating more healthily and increasing physical activity in their overall family life.”
He added “I encourage parents who are worried about their child’s weight to think about the support programmes like Alive ‘n’ Kicking.”
Help available for kids and families in Hounslow includes:
More information is on NHS Hounslow’s website www.hounslowpct.nhs.uk
December 16, 2009