Obesity in British children soars during COVID-19 blockade


According to newly released statistics, the obesity rate of primary school children in the United Kingdom increased significantly during the blockade of COVID-19.

The National Child Measurement Program, which measures the prevalence of obesity in reception classes and 6th grade school-age students, released the latest findings on Tuesday.

New data show that obesity rates increased by about 4.5 percentage points in both year groups between 2019/20 and 2020/21. This is the highest rise since the start of the program.

Obesity rates for children aged 4 and 5 in the reception class increased from 9.9% in 2019/20 to 14.4% in 2020/21.

The obesity rate of students in the last years of primary school (10 and 11 years old) increased from 21% in 2019/20 to 25.5% in 2020/21.

Since March 2020, England has experienced three waves of national blockades and “gradual” regional blockades. Schools were closed for months, people were ordered to stay home, and they were allowed to exercise outside for a limited time.

During the pandemic, the proportion of healthy children was significantly reduced.

Of the 6th grade students, 57.8% were rated as having a healthy weight, down from 63.4% in the previous year.

Among the children at the reception, 71.3 percent were classified as having a healthy weight, down from 76.1 percent in the previous year.

Currently, the percentage of children who are overweight or obese is 27.7% at the reception and 40.9% in the sixth year.

Dr. Max Davie, director of health improvement at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the sharp increase in obesity in children was “alert.”

Nikki Joule, Policy Manager for the British Diabetes Society, said: health. “

On Monday, Amanda Pritchard, head of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, warned that many vulnerable young people were suffering from weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Did.

“If left unchecked, obesity can have other very serious consequences, from diabetes to cancer,” she said, with 15 new specialty clinics treating children with severe obesity. He said while launching a pilot plan to do.

Last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a strategy to tackle the UK’s “obesity time bomb.”

At the heart of the new plan is a ban on junk food ads before the watershed at 9 pm, the end of the “buy one and another free” transaction for unhealthy food, and calorie content on large restaurant menus. It is a list.

PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Zhang

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