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Why your child's weight matters?

Evidence shows that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults, who are at increased risk of serious health problems.


If you make sure your children stay at a healthy weight you help them to get the best start in life. In adults, being overweight is linked to health problems such as type 2 diabetes and increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to identify that your child is overweight. You may notice signs, such as your child getting breathless easily during physical activity.

Or you may be contacted about your child's weight after your child is weighed and measured at school as part of National Child Measurement Programme.

If your child is overweight, then achieving a healthy weight can bring significant health benefits. And as a parent, you can do a lot to help you child achieve a healthy weight.


National Child Measurement Programme

As part of the National Child Measurement Programme children in Reception Year (ages four and five) and Year 6 (ages 10 and 11) are being weighed and measured at school.

Height and weight, along with gender and age, can be used to calculate a child's body mass index. This is a measure of whether a child is a healthy weight.

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