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Over a third of children aged 10-11 in England are overweight or obese

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5948 (Published 04 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5948
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

More than a third of children aged 10-11 are overweight or obese, national figures in England have shown.1 Child health experts now describe the level of childhood obesity in the United Kingdom as a “state of emergency.”

The figures for 2015-16 come from the national child measurement programme, which measures height and weight in more than a million children in reception class (aged 4-5) and in year six (aged 10-11) in schools in England each year.

The latest measurements showed that the prevalence of obesity in year six children had increased from 19.1% …

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