A third of 10 and 11- year-olds overweight

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A THIRD of 10 and 11-year-olds in the Hastings Borough are overweight or obese and the figures contine to rise according to the government.

Almost a fifth (18 per cent) of four to five year olds in Hastings area and nearly one in three (29 per cent) of 10 to 11 year olds are overweight or obese. Less than half (47 per cent) take part in three hours or more of exercise each week.

If current trends continue a quarter of children across east Sussex will be obese by the year 2050. The damning figures were revealed by the government’s Child Heath Profiles which provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England.

By using the profiles local organisations can work in partnership to plan services based on local need. East Sussex County Council is calling on young people and their parents and carers to take action and get active.

Cynthia Lyons, the county’s director of public health, said: “Obesity can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. We want to make sure that local children have the best possible start in life, and getting the right amount of exercise is a significant contributor to this,” said Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex County Council’s director of public health.

“These are worrying figures that need to be addressed,” county council leader Cllr Keith Glazier added. “Not only are there serious health issues associated with obesity but it could be costing the East Sussex economy as much as £70million a year.

“We want to buck the trend by encouraging as many children as possible to get involved in some of the activities available in East Sussex and start leading more active lives.”

To encourage children to get active, Active Hastings are hosting a series of free activity sessions at Alexandra Park Tennis Courts, on Wednesday (August 28).

To find out about local events and groups that can help you lead a healthy lifestyle visit www.eastsussex1space.co.uk