School nurse pilot tackles childhood obesity
Child obesity is a major public health challenge for professionals. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of around one million school children every year, providing a detailed picture of the prevalence of child obesity in England.
The latest figures for 2013/14 show that 19.1% of children in year 6 (aged 10-11) are obese and a further 14.4% are overweight. For children in reception (aged four to five years), the programme found that 9.5% are obese and an additional 13.1% are overweight. Latest data from the Health Survey for England, which looks at a wider age range, found 28% of children aged two to 15 years are classed as overweight or obese.Nurse-led
In Surrey, about 18% of four to five year olds are overweight or obese, rising to more than 26% of 10-11 year olds. Across mid-Surrey, a school nurse-led pilot programme aims...
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