The largest increase in obesity in young children to date News

Obesity among primary school children increased last year as more people stayed home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The proportion of four- and five-year-olds in the admission categories increased by 4.5 percentage points from 9.9 per cent in the academic year 2019-20 to 14.4 per cent in the academic year 2020-21.

According to the National Child Survey Program (NCMP), the number of sixth-year students, 10- and 11-year-olds, increased from 21 percent to 25.5 percent, respectively.

The increases are the largest annual increase since the program began in 2005.

In both age groups, boys were more likely to be obese than girls, and children living in the poorest areas were much more likely to be obese.

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