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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MP: 'Wrong' to only weigh primary kids twice

Primary school children should be weighed annually if the UK is serious about tackling its obesity crisis, one MP and former GP has said.

The NHS is buckling under the strain of long-term health conditions, like obesity, Dr Wollaston said. Credit: PA

Dr Sarah Wollaston said it was wrong primary pupils were only weighed in reception class and year six.

Instead, they should be put on the scales every academic year so their weight and health can be monitored.

She also called on food companies to charge more for fizzy drinks, as they were laden with sugar and could push children into obesity.

Without urgent action the health service will struggle to cope with the raft of long-term conditions coming down the track, she said.

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