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Fewer obese children starting school, but third leave overweight

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Experts say downward trend is slight, pointing to growing gap between better and worse-off children, and urge government to wake-up to obesity figures.

Fewer obese children are starting in school reception classes in England, according to results from the school measurement programme, but a fifth still start their school life overweight and a third are overweight or obese by the time they leave for secondary school.

In the last year, 9.1% of children starting reception were obese, compared with 9.5% in 2013-14, according to the health and social care information service that collects the data from the national school measurement programme. In 2005-6 when significant data was first collected, the figure was 9.9%.

Over a fifth of the children (21.9%), who are aged four and five, are still overweight or obese, but that, again, is a drop from last year, when it was 22.5%.  More