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Rise in child obesity levelling off

The alarming rise in childhood obesity may be levelling off according to a new report ‘Obesity trends for children aged 2-11 years and 12-19 years’ published by The National Heart Forum.

childhood obesityResearchers compared previous forecasts of obesity prevalence to newly updated forecasts based on data between 2000 and 2007. This showed a significantly healthier picture, suggesting that the rate of increase in obesity levels across the country may be in decline.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst children in England has risen relentlessly since the mid-1970s. This data shows encouraging signs that this rising trend may be levelling out.

Source: The National Heart Forum

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