Shock figures show 1 in 4 kids too fat

Via the Echo:

Shock figures show 1 in 4 kids too fat

Oct 23 2007
by Adrian Butler, Liverpool Echo

SHOCKING figures today revealed nearly a quarter of children are now obese in some areas of Liverpool.

Children’s fitness levels are also plummeting, with tests showing some girls are only able to run 300 yards.

New statistics released by Liverpool council showed Norris Green to have the highest number of very fat boys, with a shocking 23% clinically obese. For girls, Princes Park was the worst, also recording 23%.

Across Liverpool, nearly one in three children is overweight and nearly one in 10 clinically obese, researchers from Liverpool John Moores university found.

Liz Lamb, the council’s health and physical activity officer, said spending under the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund had levelled off the increase in children’s weight, but it was still rising…

The John Moores statistics show that healthy eating programmes are clearly paying off, as the average Liverpool child is now getting five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

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