10% of children are ALREADY obese by the time they start primary school
Worrying figures show this rises to 20% by Year SixAnd that 65% of men and 58% of women are overweight or obese in the UK
Number of people having weight loss surgery or being admitted to hospital due to obesity has also soared

By
Anna Hodgekiss

PUBLISHED:

16:01 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 20 February 2013

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 9.5 per cent of children in reception class – aged just four and five – were classed as clinically obese, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

And a fifth of pupils in their final year of primary school – aged 10 and 11 – were excessively overweight.

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying new figures suggest

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying new figures suggest

The figures show that Britain’s obesity epidemic has got progressively worse over the last two decades – and it's even worse when it comes to adults.

Some 65 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women are overweight or obese.

The figures show there has been a 'marked increase' in the proportion of adults who are classed as obese.

In 1993, only 13 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women fell into this category. By 2011, this has soared to 24 and 26 per cent respectively.

There has also been a stark rise in obesity-related hospital admissions, the figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 11,740 people were
admitted to hospitals in England with a primary diagnosis of obesity –
triple the number recorded five years earlier.

Women were three times more likely to be admitted than men, with the highest overall admission rate in the north of England.

The number of people having weight loss surgery has also soared. In 2011/12, 8,790 people underwent a procedure to help them lose weight – such as stomach stapling or a gastric bypass – more than four times the number recorded in 2006/07.

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying new figures suggest

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying new figures suggest

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'Alarmingly, over one in 10 children are
now classed as obese when they start school.

'We know that obese
children are more likely to become obese adults, but education is the
way to break this cycle.

'By teaching children about healthy
eating and inspiring them to be active at a young age, we can help these
kids towards a healthier future.'

Graham Rowan, chairman of the Obesity
Management Association, said: 'It is no surprise that today’s report
indicates that levels of obesity continue to rise – the obesity epidemic is getting worse by the day and steadily spiralling out of control.'

Tim Straughan, chief executive
of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, added: 'It won’t have escaped the majority of people that obesity is a
high profile issue in this country.

'This annual report is important in
bringing clarity to how this actually affects people, patients and the
NHS, from the weighing scales to the operating theatre.

'Based on the Body Mass Index
measurement, the proportion of adults estimated to be of a normal weight
has dropped substantially since this report began in 1993.'