New figures released by the NHS reveal that more than a third of primary school children in Britain are overweight or obese.
According to the figures released by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), around 33.9 percent of Year Six children between 10 and 11 years of age were overweight, up from 33.4 percent from the previous year. The figures also revealed that students in urban areas were more likely to be obese compared to those from suburbs or towns.
"The figures show that the proportion of Year 6 children who are either overweight or obese appears to be still increasing slightly. This differs from the picture for reception-year children, for whom prevalence of obesity remains level", HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said.