New health report shows Melton is winning fight against childhood obesity

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Melton is winning the war on childhood obesity but fewer adults are physically active according to a health report published this week.

The findings were revealed in the latest set of geographic health profiles published by Public Health England.

Its 2015 health profile gives a snapshot of people’s health in the borough compared to other parts of the country.

One of Melton’s biggest successes is in tackling childhood obesity. The percentage of children in Year 6 (aged 10 and 11) classified as obese was just under 13 per cent, lower than the previous year’s figure for Melton borough, and much better than the 19 per cent England average and 27 per cent in the worst areas.

The statistics showed that just under 19 per cent of adults in Melton were classed as obese, compared to 23 per cent on average in England and 30 per cent in some parts of the country.

But the report also showed that just over 56 per cent of adults in Melton are physically active (adults doing at least 150 minutes exercise every week). Although this is on par with the England average it’s less than the 63.5 per cent of physically active Melton adults measured in last year’s survey.

Although most health ‘indicators’ in the survey showed Melton to be doing better or on par with the England average the figures flagged up some areas for improvement.

Just over 52 per cent of Key Stage 4 pupils were reported as achieving five A* to C GCSE grades (inc English and Maths), less than the 56.8 per cent England average and the 79.9 per cent in the top performing areas of the country.

And around 1,000 children in the borough were shown to be living in poverty, although that’s nearly half the national average.