Public health 5-19 - healthy weight and healthy eating

In Cumbria 10.4% of Reception children are obese compared to 9.1% nationally

In Cumbria 25.9% of Reception children are overweight.

The Obesity figure increases to 20.1% in Year 6.

Childhood obesity and excess weight, are significant health issues for individual children, their families and public health. It can have serious implications for the physical and mental health of a child, which can then follow on into adulthood. The numbers of children who continue to have an unhealthy, and potentially dangerous, weight, is a national public health concern.

Obesity is also associated with poor psychological and emotional health, poor sleep, and many children experience bullying linked to their weight. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and have a higher risk of morbidity, disability and premature mortality in adulthood.

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Anorexia Nervosa, bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder (compulsive over-eating) are serious mental illnesses affecting 1.6 million people in the UK.  They are most likely to develop during teenage years and although more girls are affected around a quarter of those who experience an eating disorder at school age are boys.

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All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.

Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.

All children and young people should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods. (CMO 2011)

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