Schoolchild obesity levels have risen

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OBESITY in year six pupils reached 19.5 per cent in 2013 in Swindon.

This represents a slight increase since 2006-2007 when obesity prevalence was 17.3 per cent.

For reception year the prevalence was 10.2 per cent in the 2012/13 school year.

The prevalence rose from 9.8 per cent in 2006/07.

A council spokesman said: “A number of new programmes are being developed in Swindon schools and the wider community which will encourage an increase in physical activity and the consumption of a healthy diet.

“These include a new Department for Education project aiming to increase take-up of school meals (including Free School Meals) in Primary and Secondary schools, national PE and sports premium funding of £9,000/year/primary school for the next 3 years; active travel programmes in schools, free school meals for reception, year 1 and year 2, starting September 2014 and on-going work to improve school meals nutritional quality in Swindon. We also have an early years obesity prevention programme.”

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9:26am Thu 4 Sep 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Kids should be doing PE for at least half an hour every day at school.
ditch the hymn singing and get kids moving
Kids should be doing PE for at least half an hour every day at school. ditch the hymn singing and get kids moving Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -2

10:55am Thu 4 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Always the classic response from the Council and government whenever any statistics are continually getter worse and worse:

"We're throwing more of your money at it and it's still getting worse but, hey, it must be getting better because we're throwing more of your money at it"


We also have an early years obesity prevention programme.


Having such a scheme is one thing - the fact it's clearly not working is soemthing else entirely.
Always the classic response from the Council and government whenever any statistics are continually getter worse and worse: "We're throwing more of your money at it and it's still getting worse but, hey, it must be getting better because we're throwing more of your money at it" [quote] We also have an early years obesity prevention programme. [/quote] Having such a scheme is one thing - the fact it's clearly not working is soemthing else entirely. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 7

1:33pm Thu 4 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

Why is it that no one seems to understand the basics of obesity. It isn't just about what you eat ( "and on-going work to improve school meals nutritional quality in Swindon"). its about how much of it you eat. You can buy the most healthy, clean, fat free food you can find, but if you eat more than your body needs, you will get fat like everyone else.

All these people who say they cant afford healthy food and that is why they and their kids are obese are just making excuses. Just eat less!!!! Stop supersizing everything and stop blaming everyone else (including the council) for your weight issues.

I am sorry but yes it really is that simple. You don't have to go on these expensive "con" diets, just put a bit less on your plate and yes try and have "cleaner" food if you can, but just eating less will not only help you lose weight but also save money too. The dieting industry is a multi £billion business that basically relies on people to fail so they keep coming back.

Our weight and to a lesser extent our health in general are within our control. Even 50% of all cancers can be prevented/delayed by lifestyle changes as well as a number of type 2 diabetes cases and obesity. Why people don't look after themselves is just beyond me. Firstly it is a massive drain on the health service and the economy for the millions of sick days and secondly it must affect your quality of life living on pills etc and getting out of breath just walking upstairs. Yes its a free country but seriously?
Why is it that no one seems to understand the basics of obesity. It isn't just about what you eat ( "and on-going work to improve school meals nutritional quality in Swindon"). its about how much of it you eat. You can buy the most healthy, clean, fat free food you can find, but if you eat more than your body needs, you will get fat like everyone else. All these people who say they cant afford healthy food and that is why they and their kids are obese are just making excuses. Just eat less!!!! Stop supersizing everything and stop blaming everyone else (including the council) for your weight issues. I am sorry but yes it really is that simple. You don't have to go on these expensive "con" diets, just put a bit less on your plate and yes try and have "cleaner" food if you can, but just eating less will not only help you lose weight but also save money too. The dieting industry is a multi £billion business that basically relies on people to fail so they keep coming back. Our weight and to a lesser extent our health in general are within our control. Even 50% of all cancers can be prevented/delayed by lifestyle changes as well as a number of type 2 diabetes cases and obesity. Why people don't look after themselves is just beyond me. Firstly it is a massive drain on the health service and the economy for the millions of sick days and secondly it must affect your quality of life living on pills etc and getting out of breath just walking upstairs. Yes its a free country but seriously? house on the hill
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Thu 4 Sep 14

nobody says...

It isn't rocket science, feed kids lots of crap combined with a sedentary lifestyle is a "recipe" for fatness.
It isn't rocket science, feed kids lots of crap combined with a sedentary lifestyle is a "recipe" for fatness. nobody
  • Score: 8

3:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

I eat loads and I'm fit as a fiddle 🏃💪
I eat loads and I'm fit as a fiddle 🏃💪 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -1

4:24pm Thu 4 Sep 14

AndrewWilkins says...

And the New School for North Swindon Team are offering a huge jar of sweets as a prize at the North Swindon Community Fun Day!
And the New School for North Swindon Team are offering a huge jar of sweets as a prize at the North Swindon Community Fun Day! AndrewWilkins
  • Score: 4

6:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Oldtownmum says...

Tell you what would help - shaming the parents by not pandering to them and making school uniforms huge! My two children of normal slender build have to have their trousers/skirts pulled in so tight at the waist that they're completely puckered. All so some fat kids can fit into them easily.
Tell you what would help - shaming the parents by not pandering to them and making school uniforms huge! My two children of normal slender build have to have their trousers/skirts pulled in so tight at the waist that they're completely puckered. All so some fat kids can fit into them easily. Oldtownmum
  • Score: 13

10:41pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Wow!
Sad thumb fiddling 😜
Wow! Sad thumb fiddling 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -1

11:51pm Fri 5 Sep 14

messyits says...

house on the hill wrote:
Why is it that no one seems to understand the basics of obesity. It isn't just about what you eat ( "and on-going work to improve school meals nutritional quality in Swindon"). its about how much of it you eat. You can buy the most healthy, clean, fat free food you can find, but if you eat more than your body needs, you will get fat like everyone else.

All these people who say they cant afford healthy food and that is why they and their kids are obese are just making excuses. Just eat less!!!! Stop supersizing everything and stop blaming everyone else (including the council) for your weight issues.

I am sorry but yes it really is that simple. You don't have to go on these expensive "con" diets, just put a bit less on your plate and yes try and have "cleaner" food if you can, but just eating less will not only help you lose weight but also save money too. The dieting industry is a multi £billion business that basically relies on people to fail so they keep coming back.

Our weight and to a lesser extent our health in general are within our control. Even 50% of all cancers can be prevented/delayed by lifestyle changes as well as a number of type 2 diabetes cases and obesity. Why people don't look after themselves is just beyond me. Firstly it is a massive drain on the health service and the economy for the millions of sick days and secondly it must affect your quality of life living on pills etc and getting out of breath just walking upstairs. Yes its a free country but seriously?
Not a lot of fact there old boy. There are numerous reasons why a child or parent can become obese. Some can eat as much as they like and stay in trim--others eat normal meals and pile the weight on and try to exercise to keep in trim.
Hospitals and GPs do very little to investigate as they know lengthy tests are needed and take the easy option. Unless they are diabetic.
Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Why is it that no one seems to understand the basics of obesity. It isn't just about what you eat ( "and on-going work to improve school meals nutritional quality in Swindon"). its about how much of it you eat. You can buy the most healthy, clean, fat free food you can find, but if you eat more than your body needs, you will get fat like everyone else. All these people who say they cant afford healthy food and that is why they and their kids are obese are just making excuses. Just eat less!!!! Stop supersizing everything and stop blaming everyone else (including the council) for your weight issues. I am sorry but yes it really is that simple. You don't have to go on these expensive "con" diets, just put a bit less on your plate and yes try and have "cleaner" food if you can, but just eating less will not only help you lose weight but also save money too. The dieting industry is a multi £billion business that basically relies on people to fail so they keep coming back. Our weight and to a lesser extent our health in general are within our control. Even 50% of all cancers can be prevented/delayed by lifestyle changes as well as a number of type 2 diabetes cases and obesity. Why people don't look after themselves is just beyond me. Firstly it is a massive drain on the health service and the economy for the millions of sick days and secondly it must affect your quality of life living on pills etc and getting out of breath just walking upstairs. Yes its a free country but seriously?[/p][/quote]Not a lot of fact there old boy. There are numerous reasons why a child or parent can become obese. Some can eat as much as they like and stay in trim--others eat normal meals and pile the weight on and try to exercise to keep in trim. Hospitals and GPs do very little to investigate as they know lengthy tests are needed and take the easy option. Unless they are diabetic. Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply. messyits
  • Score: -4

9:39am Sat 6 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...


There are numerous reasons why a child or parent can become obese.


No, there really aren't. Unless a person has physical medical problems (which accounts for a *tiny* minority of obese people) then the equation is simple and well documented: they consume more calories than they expend over an extended period of time.

For the almost all obese people, that means they eat more than they burn off through movement and exercise. There's no mystery to it. In fact, pretending that there is constitutes large part of the current problem. Give people something they think they can use as an excuse and they will.


Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply.


Again, completely and utterly incorrect. It has been well evidenced and documented for many years that poorer people have higher rates of obesity because they tend to be more likely to eat the wrong food. This is established fact and it's actually surprising that even you aren't aware of something so basic and known.


22 Jan 2013

According to Department of Health figures, the poorest children are almost twice as likely to be obese than the richest.

Government figures published last month showed that 24.3 per cent of the most deprived 11 year-olds in England were obese, compared with just 13.7 per cent of children from the wealthiest homes.
[quote] There are numerous reasons why a child or parent can become obese. [/quote] No, there really aren't. Unless a person has physical medical problems (which accounts for a *tiny* minority of obese people) then the equation is simple and well documented: they consume more calories than they expend over an extended period of time. For the almost all obese people, that means they eat more than they burn off through movement and exercise. There's no mystery to it. In fact, pretending that there is constitutes large part of the current problem. Give people something they think they can use as an excuse and they will. [quote] Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply. [/quote] Again, completely and utterly incorrect. It has been well evidenced and documented for many years that poorer people have higher rates of obesity because they tend to be more likely to eat the wrong food. This is established fact and it's actually surprising that even you aren't aware of something so basic and known. [quote] 22 Jan 2013 According to Department of Health figures, the poorest children are almost twice as likely to be obese than the richest. Government figures published last month showed that 24.3 per cent of the most deprived 11 year-olds in England were obese, compared with just 13.7 per cent of children from the wealthiest homes. [/quote] Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 11

6:46pm Sat 6 Sep 14

messyits says...

In other words -- you cannot find a fault in my comment.
In other words -- you cannot find a fault in my comment. messyits
  • Score: -6

7:37pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...

messyits wrote:
In other words -- you cannot find a fault in my comment.
Your entire comment was at fault. Unless, of course, you messed up your original comment.

Either way, you've made a mistake one way or the other - which means this is a pointless discussion as you are pathologically incapable of admitting your numerous mistakes and errors.

Your said:


Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply.


Yet all the available evidence proves the complete opposite of your claim is the reality.
[quote][p][bold]messyits[/bold] wrote: In other words -- you cannot find a fault in my comment.[/p][/quote]Your entire comment was at fault. Unless, of course, you messed up your original comment. Either way, you've made a mistake one way or the other - which means this is a pointless discussion as you are pathologically incapable of admitting your numerous mistakes and errors. Your said: [quote] Lifestyle is a minor contributor to obesity as the poorer families usually know how to cook very nutritious foods cheaply. [/quote] Yet all the available evidence proves the complete opposite of your claim is the reality. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 6

1:05am Sun 7 Sep 14

messyits says...

As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself.
As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself. messyits
  • Score: -6

7:42am Sun 7 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...

messyits wrote:
As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself.
You did mention that rather obvious truism, yes.

But that's not the element I quoted from your rant. The element I quoted, twice now, was entirely wrong. And not just slightly incorrect, but the complete opposite of what is known and documented.

Thank you for proving my point that you are pathologically incapable of admitting your glaring mistakes. It seems you can barely even respond to what was actually written.
[quote][p][bold]messyits[/bold] wrote: As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself.[/p][/quote]You did mention that rather obvious truism, yes. But that's not the element I quoted from your rant. The element I quoted, twice now, was entirely wrong. And not just slightly incorrect, but the complete opposite of what is known and documented. Thank you for proving my point that you are pathologically incapable of admitting your glaring mistakes. It seems you can barely even respond to what was actually written. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 4

5:23pm Sun 7 Sep 14

messyits says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
messyits wrote:
As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself.
You did mention that rather obvious truism, yes.

But that's not the element I quoted from your rant. The element I quoted, twice now, was entirely wrong. And not just slightly incorrect, but the complete opposite of what is known and documented.

Thank you for proving my point that you are pathologically incapable of admitting your glaring mistakes. It seems you can barely even respond to what was actually written.
You are obsessed with yourself and believe you have the answers to all the problems--in fact your skills are non existent. Like the other councillors posting anonymously you are not fit to serve the folk of my town.
Try dealing with fact as opposed to supposition to mislead folk.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]messyits[/bold] wrote: As I have stated--obesity can be caused by numerous factors--do educate yourself.[/p][/quote]You did mention that rather obvious truism, yes. But that's not the element I quoted from your rant. The element I quoted, twice now, was entirely wrong. And not just slightly incorrect, but the complete opposite of what is known and documented. Thank you for proving my point that you are pathologically incapable of admitting your glaring mistakes. It seems you can barely even respond to what was actually written.[/p][/quote]You are obsessed with yourself and believe you have the answers to all the problems--in fact your skills are non existent. Like the other councillors posting anonymously you are not fit to serve the folk of my town. Try dealing with fact as opposed to supposition to mislead folk. messyits
  • Score: 0
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