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Camrose Primary School


Childhood Obesity

Today, one in three children are overweight or obese. Research suggests that - if untreated - 85% of these children will become obese adults.This statistic alone is reason enough to address weight issues in the early years.

Every year Reception and Year 6 pupils are measured and weighed as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. The information collected is used to deliver services to prevent and manage overweight and obesity in children nationally.

Using the results, a 3 year average is reported to the school so that we can look at ways to improve pupils health and wellbeing and help our children manage and maintain a healthy weight.

2017 summary of results for Camrose is concerning.

19% of Reception pupils are classified as overweight; with 10% being obese - this is double the average proportion!

35% of Year 6 pupils are classified as overweight; with 17% being obese - this is more than 3 times the expected proportion!

2019 summary of results for Camrose

22% of Reception pupils are overweight; 8% being obese - this is an increase of 3% compared to 2017 however, is in line with current national averages. 

42% of Year 6 pupils are overweight; 29% being obese - this is and increase of 7% overall but a massive 12% increase in the number of obese pupils.

These are extremely concerning figures.

At Camrose we have increased sporting opportunities, banned crisps and chocolate bars as part of lunch and no longer accept pupils bringing in sweets or cake to celebrate birthdays. As part of our curriculum, we teach pupils about being healthy through fitness and their diet.

Unfortunately, we can only do so much! 

We are asking parents to help us, help their children to maintain a healthy weight.

We ask you to consider 5 key messages

  • Be A role model
  • 2 Snacks Max
  • Me Size Meals
  • Be Active
  • 5 A Day

(sourced: NHS - Change 4 Life)

Please see our School Meals section (in the Parents tab) for ideas about healthy lunches