One in five children living in Hyndburn are obese when they leave primary school, figures reveal.
More than 18 per cent of our children aged 10-11 are obese, according to figures collated by the National Obesity Observatory (NOO). The data, provided by schools, also found one-in-ten kids aged four and five are obese.
In the borough these statistics translate to 800 children at increased risk of serious health problems in later life such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The highest prevalence of obesity was in Central ward where nearly a quarter of children aged between 10 and 11 were deemed obese.
Central ward councillor Mohammad Ayub was surprised at the figures and said more needed to be done. Coun Ayub said: “Central is quite a deprived ward – I think that has something to do with the figures.
“We need more education and we need to promote healthy living, things need to improve.”
Coun Pam Barton, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for health and communities, encouraged parents to take an active role.
Coun Barton said: “I would encourage healthy eating and living for children and parents.
“There are plenty of healthy activities being arranged in the borough and I would advise parents to take their children along.”