31 Jan, 2015

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’ among under-10s

BBC News | Health | Dominic Hughes | 30 Jan 2015

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

It found a steady rise in the proportion of overweight children in England in 1994-2003, but in the past decade it has remained at about 30%.

The King’s College London researchers add obesity rates among 11- to 15-year-olds are still rising, however.

And Public Health England said there was no room for complacency.

Experts believe that being significantly overweight is responsible for a wide range of health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and infertility.

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