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A third of primary school pupils are now obese.

MORE than a third of all Wigan primary school-leavers are obese or overweight, shocking new research has claimed.

It means that 1,240 of this summer’s 11-year-olds have a worrying health problem, the British Heart Foundation says. Carrying excess weight into adulthood increases the risk of developing heart disease in later life.And from the BHF figures, 35 per cent of Wigan children who leave primary education this year already carry that risk – a figure higher than the North West average of 34 per cent.The BHF this week called for a ban on all junk food TV advertising before 9pm, as part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, to help improve children’s health. More