Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England were classed as overweight each year since 1997.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The proportion of children overweight in Harlow, Essex and England as measured by the National Child Measurement Programme 2006-07 to 2012-13 is shown in the following table.

Prevalence of overweight1 among children aged 4-5 (Reception) and 10-11 (Year 6) years
Percentage
  England Essex county council Harlow district council
  Reception Year 6 Reception Year 6 Reception Year 6
2006-07 22.9 31.7 20.5 29.2 23.0 33.0
2007-08 22.6 32.6 21.1 31.0 23.0 35.6
2008-09 22.8 32.6 20.3 29.7 26.4 37.2
2009-10 23.1 33.4 22.4 31.3 25.2 38.6
2010-11 22.6 33.4 20.9 31.7 23.9 36.5
2011-12 22.6 33.9 20.6 31.9 25.3 35.1
2012-13 22.2 33.3 20.4 30.0 20.3 34.7
1 Including obese.

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