Ben Burgess

How to cut obesity down to size in schools

You can improve pupils’ wellbeing with these simple steps – and set a good example by leading a healthy lifestyle, says Ben Burgess

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Nearly a third of children aged 2-15 are overweight or obese. Take some time for that statement to soak in. Our Olympic athletes might have been second on the medal table in Rio, but according to the government’s Childhood Obesity: a plan for action report, the only table most children will be on will contain fast food and copious amounts of sugar and salt.

The report, published in August, contains plenty more depressing news within its 13 pages (bit.ly/ObesityPlan). For example, obesity rates are highest among children from the most deprived areas. Children aged 5 from the poorest income ...

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