Data in a report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence shows:
- Children with at least one obese parent are more likely to become obese themselves
- Up to 79% of children who are obese in their early teens are also likely to remain obese as adults, putting them at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- In 2011 in England, around 30% of boys and girls aged two to 15 were either overweight or obese
- In the 2011/2012 school year, around 23% of children in reception and 34% in year 6 were either overweight or obese
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