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Primary school pupils 'should be weighed every year'

Primary school children should be weighed once every academic year, according to the head of the Health Select Committee.. Dr Sarah Wollaston told The Sun it was wrong children were only weighed in reception class and Year 6.

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A third of pupils aged 10-11 'overweight or obese'

Data from a Government programme designed to map out how weight is changing in primary school children has found one third of 10-11-year-olds are overweight or obese.

  • Health problems linked to obesity already cost the NHS more than £5bn every year.
  • Chair of the Health Select Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston also called for schools to teach more cooking skills so children are not reliant on calorific fast foods later in life.
  • All pupils should feel confident on a bike before they leave school so they can later cycle to work.

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