Fewer obese Erewash kids

FEWER Erewash kids are obese, according to new NHS figures.

Heights and weights of all primary schoolchildren taken in reception and again in their final year have shown a drop of 0.8 per cent since last year.

But the figure – now at 19.2 per cent – is still above the national average.

Four- to five-year-olds are also less obese – figures show a drop from 9.5 per cent last year to 8.8 per cent for 2010-11.

Jane Hicken, children’s obesity coordinator for NHS Derbyshire, said: “It’s very encouraging to see that there’s been a downward trend in obesity in these two age groups, particularly in four to five-year-olds.

“If this trend continues we will start to realise the benefits as these children get older.”