Children getting fatter in Milton Keynes

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More than a third of all city children are overweight or obese by the time they finish primary school, shocking new figures have revealed.

Statistics show children starting reception classes in Milton Keynes have a lower than average weight problem.

But by the age of 11, some 33.8 per cent of them have balloned to become overweight.

Of these, 18.6 per cent are so tubby they are classed as officially obese. The figures were released this month by the National Child Measurement Programme run by Public Health England.In Milton Keynes around 3,000 pupils were weighed and measured when they were in reception class, and then again in Year 6.

The resulting statistics are roughly in line with the national average though higher than neighbouring counties. They are also showing a steady rise year after year.

Expert Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘It’s very sad – we’re just 
letting our children get fatter and fatter.”