17% OF 4-5 YEAR-OLDS IN VALE OF GLAMORGAN ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

The best (white) areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamrogan . The worst area is in Barry - which is as bad as the most deprived areas in the country. Measurements for Penarth and Sully are similar - but some North East parts of Penarth also have good figures. The worst area in the Vale is in Barry Wales Percentage of children who are obese Cardiff and Vale University Health Board MSOAs . Child Measurement Programme for Wales , 2012-13 and 2014-15

The darker the blue the worse the problem.The best (white) areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamorgan . The worst area is in Barry – which is as bad as the most deprived areas in the country. Measurements for Penarth and Sully are similar – but some North East parts of Penarth also have good figures. The worst area in the Vale is in Barry Wales (Percentage of children who are obese Cardiff and Vale University Health Board MSOAs . Child Measurement Programme for Wales , 2012-13 and 2014-15)

Public Health Wales statistics show that 17% of  children in the Vale of Glamorgan  aged between 4 and 5 years are either overweight or obese.

The worst area in the Vale of Glamorgan for childhood obesity is Barry and the best areas are in the rural parts of the Vale of Glamorgan (the white areas on the map).

Penarth and Sully have comparatively low rates of obesity amongst 4-5 year olds with North East Penarth being comparable with rates in the healthy rural areas.

The figures come from the Child Measurement Programme for Wales 2015/15 which weighted and tested 30,000 children throughout the country

The figures for Wales as a whole present a significant challenge for the Labour-run Welsh Government which has been responsible for public health in Wales for 17 years . Across the country, 26.2% of Welsh children are classed as  overweight or obese, compared to 21.9% in England in this age group.

In a press release, the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is spinning the statistics as good news  and even gone as far as to claim that ‘Health professionals in the Vale of Glamorgan are welcoming the figures from Public Health Wales’  and trumpeting that  “Vale of Glamorgan has the lowest childhood obesity rate in Wales ” –  but in fact a 17% rate of childhood overweight/obesity is a significant health problem with potential long-term implications.

The child obesity rate in Barry is every bit as bad as in some of the most deprived areas of of the country . The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says “ We know that deprived areas have higher rates of obesity and we aim to give every child the opportunity for a happy and healthy childhood and, in turn, a happy and healthy future.”

 

 

About NewsNet

Penarth Daily News email address dmj@newsnet.uk . Penarth Daily News is an independent free on-line fair and balanced news service published by NewsNet Ltd covering the town of Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. All our news items are based on the information we receive or discover at the time of publication and are published on the basis that they are accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief at that time.
This entry was posted in Penarth Daily News. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to 17% OF 4-5 YEAR-OLDS IN VALE OF GLAMORGAN ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

  1. Andrew sarchus says:

    Obesity in children unless they have a medical condition should be considered a criminal offence and the parents brought to book. Lets not be PC. its common to see fat parents with fat kids. Just not fair on those children- or our NHS.

    • Lindsay says:

      Thank you for the invitation to abandon political correctness, Christopher. Does your svelte figure pay tribute to your own upbringing?

  2. Ford Prefect says:

    You couldn’t make this up! An obesity epidemic, at the same time people are pushing for more roads to be built, to accommodate more car journeys. Can no one in authority see the link? Children and adults need to be doing things. Walking, running, cycling, playing. Not moving from one sitting position to another!

    • bikerbluedog says:

      Too right! Drive your kids to an out of area school adding to congestion and their waistlines.

  3. Peter Church says:

    I notice the kids are fatter in and around Barry?
    Perhaps they have too much to eat and a revaluation of the houses in Barry to get in more council tax might be in order?
    Or else just cut the benefits.

    • Timothy Hughes says:

      Just to clarify, your view is that obesity is, in general, a result of being too wealthy.

      • Frank Evans says:

        I think he means the lower the per capita income the larger the waist line.
        Maybe there is also an inverse relationship with IQ and waistlines. Either way Barry beats penarth on the obesity map.

  4. AK says:

    Obesity is nothing to do with where you live.

    Obesity is as a result of consuming too many, and expending too few, calories.

    Eat fewer calories, eat fresh food, move more.

  5. Christopher David says:

    Well said again AK. Hope the message gets through to the anonymous benefit seeking fatty here. But lets remember the article is about obesity in children. As sarky says parents should be accountable for the state of their children’s health.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s