More than 15 per cent of children leaving primary school in Lichfield are obese, according to new figures.

The NHS Information Centre report, which has been supported by local schools and South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, report revealed that 15.5 per cent of Year 6 pupils in the city were in the obese category for 2009/10.

The figures also showed that 8.7 per cent of reception class youngsters were obese.

Dr Aliko Ahmed, Director of Public Health for South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, NHS North Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council said:

“This report contributes greatly to our local planning and delivery of services. With a range of partners we are working with children, young people and their families to help them to maintain a healthy weight  including Family Funtastic, which provides families with children aged two to 16 years, in the North Lichfield area, with a wide range of low cost regular activities.  The idea of the initiative is to provide easy to apply principles and experiences that can be maintained as part of the family lifestyle.

“However, these recent statistics clearly tell us that we need to do more with younger age children in primary education to combat obesity and positively encourage healthy eating and participation in physical activity.  With partners across Staffordshire we are fully committed to reducing the future health implications for Reception year pupils and will continue to develop initiatives to tackle this problem locally.”

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