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Royal Borough has lowest percentage of obese school starters in England, study finds

Royal Borough has lowest percentage of obese school starters in England, study finds

Simon Meechan

The Royal Borough has the lowest percentage of obese children in England, a study has found.

The Government's National Child Measurement Programme, which weighed reception class and year six children across England,  found just 5.5 per cent of reception class children in the borough classed as obese. This is the lowest in the country, compared to highest, which is  14.4 per cent, in Hackney.

However, the survey only had a 34.2 per cent response rate in the borough. The target response rate was 85 per cent. It is one of just seven boroughs to not meet the target.

In year six 15 per cent of Royal Borough children were deemed obese, compared to a high of 26.7 per cent in Southwark. 

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