REVEALED: One in three primary school leavers in Portsmouth are overweight

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More than one in three primary school leavers in Portsmouth are considered overweight or obese, new NHS figures have revealed.

The new data reveals 35.1% of children in Year 6 are considered to be an unhealthy weight, above the national average of 34.2%.

The findings were released today by the National Child Measurement Programme, in partnership with NHS Digital.

Nearly in four (23.5%) children in reception classes in Portsmouth were also found to be overweight or obese.

Nationally the percentage of overweight and obese 10 to 11 year olds is the highest on record.

The National Child Measurement Programme measures the height and weight of more than a million children in England every year and is considered to be a robust analysis of children’s weight.

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