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One in 10 children becomes obese or overweight in primary school years

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 01 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4743
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

One in 10 children starting primary school in England at a healthy weight is obese or overweight on leaving, figures from Cancer Research UK have shown.1

The analysis showed that an average of 57 100 (10%) of children leaving primary school in England each year from 2012-13 to 2014-15 were overweight or obese by body mass index (BMI), having started school at a healthy BMI from 2006-07 to 2008-09.

The charity said that this was …

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