Obesity Levels in Swindon Schools 2019
Data from NHS Digital shows that over the last year, 19% of Year 6 pupils in the town were obese and an additional 15% were classed as overweight. This means that more than 1 in 3 of the area’s pupils were unhealthily overweight in their last year of primary school (34%). The obesity figure for Year 6 pupils has risen from the 17% recorded in 2006-07, which is the earliest year with available data, while the overweight statistics have stayed the same.
The number of 10-year-olds and 11-year-olds in Swindon considered severely obese (with a BMI in the top 1-in-250 for children) is 4%. This is the same as the national average and represents a record high across England for the fourth consecutive year.
9% Of youngsters in Swindon's reception classes (4-year-olds and 5-year-olds) were obese last year.
Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for Health, Brian Ford, said:
“Swindon has seen a decrease in overweight and obesity in reception year children compared to last year with lower levels than the England average, although we recognise that the proportion fluctuates year on year and reducing obesity is an ongoing priority."
This information was taken from a Swindon Advertiser article, published 21 October 2019.