'Disappointing' rise in child obesity figures for Bournemouth youngsters

Bournemouth Echo: 'Disappointing' rise in child obesity figures for Bournemouth youngsters 'Disappointing' rise in child obesity figures for Bournemouth youngsters

NEW figures show a “disappointing” rise in child obesity in Bournemouth for pupils in their first and last years at primary school.

The town’s year six children were weighed and measured for the National Child Measurement Programme and a total of 18.2 percent were classed as obese, up three percent in a year.

And the number of obese children in reception year in Bournemouth also went up, by 0.2 percent from eight percent.

The newly released figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which is a a government organisation, relate to year six and reception year pupils for the year 2012 to 2013.

The schoolchildren were weighed and measured if their parents consented.

The National Child Measurement Programme has now been completed for seven years running, meaning the children who just left primary school were also those first weighed and measured.

Dr David Phillips, director of Public Health Dorset, said: “This year the data shows some positive trends, such as the percentage of overweight children in both age groups, in England and locally, which have decreased since last year; but also some disappointing trends, such as the percentage of obese children in both age groups, which has gone up in Bournemouth.

“It is clear we have much more to do both nationally and locally as we would all wish to see these figures fall.

“Most of us would recognise the main factors that contribute to obesity, such as diet and lack of exercise, and also recognise that this is a complicated problem with no easy solutions.

“There is a role for all of us in responding to this, and in particular all parents in encouraging their children to be active for 60 minutes each day and in encouraging their children to eat a balanced healthy diet.

“Free school meals, which are being introduced next year, will help and parents wishing more advice might like to visit the national Change4Life programme at change4life.org”

 

OVERWEIGHT OBESE
     2011-12 2012-13 2011-12 2012-13
Bournemouth reception age   14.8% 13.1% 8% 8.2%
Bournemouth year-six age   14.7% 13.9% 15.2% 18.2%
Poole reception age   13.3% 14.6% 9.7% 8.6%
Poole year-six age    14% 14.7% 15.1% 13.9%
Christchurch reception age   12.5% 14.6% 8.2% 9.4%
Christchurch year-six age   12.5% 13% 12.3% 10.5%
East Dorset reception   11.1% 13.3% 6.2% 6.2%
East Dorset year-six   14.5% 13% 16.1% 15.6%
Purbeck reception age   11.8% 10.9% 7.7% 6.6%
Purbeck year-six    12.4% 15.3% 13.5% 14.1%

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7:07am Mon 30 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

The figures may be disappointing, but hardly surprising. Green fields are being taken away to be built on, kids can't play outside in the street anymore because of the traffic and on top of that, many parents have become paranoid about letting their kids out to play because of the perception of the amount of perverts are walking our streets - is it any wonder kids are getting fat?
The figures may be disappointing, but hardly surprising. Green fields are being taken away to be built on, kids can't play outside in the street anymore because of the traffic and on top of that, many parents have become paranoid about letting their kids out to play because of the perception of the amount of perverts are walking our streets - is it any wonder kids are getting fat? we-shall-see

7:43am Mon 30 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm
On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm kalebmoledirt

7:46am Mon 30 Dec 13

Moro99 says...

Lack of safe routes to school to cycle or walk, even if quite close.
Special permission required to cycle to school, whilst being driven to school even if very close us not questioned.
Hot school meals budget spent on transporting ready made food across the country , reheating etc, and whilst technically meeting the nutritional requirements is not really healthy.
Lack of safe routes to school to cycle or walk, even if quite close. Special permission required to cycle to school, whilst being driven to school even if very close us not questioned. Hot school meals budget spent on transporting ready made food across the country , reheating etc, and whilst technically meeting the nutritional requirements is not really healthy. Moro99

7:55am Mon 30 Dec 13

Huey says...

Mouth is bigger than bum hole, push food in it has to go somewhere.... Not rocket science, is it.
Mouth is bigger than bum hole, push food in it has to go somewhere.... Not rocket science, is it. Huey

10:00am Mon 30 Dec 13

Repo says...

These tests are Flawed anyway: From what I understand they use the BMI which is the ratio between height and weight, and doesn't take account of actual body fat. Yes there are a lot of fat lazy kids around, but these days there are also a lot more opportunities to participate in sports and activities and these sporty athletic kids could also be classed as obese under the flawed BMI system.
These tests are Flawed anyway: From what I understand they use the BMI which is the ratio between height and weight, and doesn't take account of actual body fat. Yes there are a lot of fat lazy kids around, but these days there are also a lot more opportunities to participate in sports and activities and these sporty athletic kids could also be classed as obese under the flawed BMI system. Repo

10:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

Dorset Logic says...

I get offended by the term obese, I think Chunky Monkey is more PC
I get offended by the term obese, I think Chunky Monkey is more PC Dorset Logic

10:15am Mon 30 Dec 13

Dorset Logic says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm
mmmhhhhhh, Tatoo over wobbling expanse of flesh.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm[/p][/quote]mmmhhhhhh, Tatoo over wobbling expanse of flesh. Dorset Logic

12:08pm Mon 30 Dec 13

skydriver says...

That's what happens when the parents can't be bothered to cook, real food. They would rather buy pre prepared, lazy comes to mind or no idea how to cook. Sadly the children often will follow the parents , there is fare chance they too are obese.
That's what happens when the parents can't be bothered to cook, real food. They would rather buy pre prepared, lazy comes to mind or no idea how to cook. Sadly the children often will follow the parents , there is fare chance they too are obese. skydriver

12:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

A tale of two cities - Whilst an increasing number of families are dependent on charity food hand outs another group of families are feeding their kids so much food they're becoming obese.
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Bournemouth - a town full of contradictions.
A tale of two cities - Whilst an increasing number of families are dependent on charity food hand outs another group of families are feeding their kids so much food they're becoming obese. . Bournemouth - a town full of contradictions. BmthNewshound

1:43pm Mon 30 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm
Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice....
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm[/p][/quote]Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice.... muscliffman

1:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

muscliffman wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm
Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice....
Quite good fun though ,I do hope I,m there when a pair of of leggings can take no more,explodes taking on the appearance of a Brussels sack,filled with large woman(Don,t like to use the word fat)I I want to see what they will put down to adjust the thong.Mobile,Burger,
Chips ,Diet Coke.or just keep on grazing
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm[/p][/quote]Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice....[/p][/quote]Quite good fun though ,I do hope I,m there when a pair of of leggings can take no more,explodes taking on the appearance of a Brussels sack,filled with large woman(Don,t like to use the word fat)I I want to see what they will put down to adjust the thong.Mobile,Burger, Chips ,Diet Coke.or just keep on grazing kalebmoledirt

2:30pm Mon 30 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Most of the figures show this year not to be as high as at least one other sample set. So how is this actually a rise? Only Bournemouth and Purbeck reception have actually increased above figures from the last few years, even if they may be higher than last... Some have actually fallen since last year. Still, makes a good headline, which could equally state that the rate is falling...
Most of the figures show this year not to be as high as at least one other sample set. So how is this actually a rise? Only Bournemouth and Purbeck reception have actually increased above figures from the last few years, even if they may be higher than last... Some have actually fallen since last year. Still, makes a good headline, which could equally state that the rate is falling... speedy231278

3:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm
Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice....
Quite good fun though ,I do hope I,m there when a pair of of leggings can take no more,explodes taking on the appearance of a Brussels sack,filled with large woman(Don,t like to use the word fat)I I want to see what they will put down to adjust the thong.Mobile,Burger,

Chips ,Diet Coke.or just keep on grazing
Keep on grazing no doubt, whilst thinking about stopping off at the local food bank in the car (see another thread) for some edible freebies later.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: On a recent visit to Poole I couldn't help wanderings how long it would be before people developed a third arm,one for phone another for burger and another for the litre bottle of diet coke.And occasionally freeing the thong.And all the time the offspring following in the slipstream.dreaming of how many chips they will have to consume before they can they can have an equally large tatoo plastered across the vast exspance of wobbling flesh body image starts with the parents.give up on the third arm[/p][/quote]Poole? You have just perfectly portrayed the unsightly fat clientele of an American junk food outlet inside a large supermarket in Bournemouth - which serves huge burgers and chips (and extra, extra chips) to these types alongside their one (or even two!) completely overloaded junk food shopping trollies all day long. Nice....[/p][/quote]Quite good fun though ,I do hope I,m there when a pair of of leggings can take no more,explodes taking on the appearance of a Brussels sack,filled with large woman(Don,t like to use the word fat)I I want to see what they will put down to adjust the thong.Mobile,Burger, Chips ,Diet Coke.or just keep on grazing[/p][/quote]Keep on grazing no doubt, whilst thinking about stopping off at the local food bank in the car (see another thread) for some edible freebies later. muscliffman

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