Written warnings for obese children

Parents of obese five-year-olds could be sent official warning letters as part of a national programme of weighing pupils.

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The Department of Health said no decisions had been made but added that ministers were prepared to go further and faster in the fight against childhood obesity.

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A recent report has warned that the majority of Britons will be obese by 2050 if weight gain in the population continues at the current rate.

All children in England and Wales are weighed and measured at the ages of five and ten but parents are only given the results if they request them.

The figures may be given to parents automatically under the new plans if officials believe there is cause for concern.

A recent report has warned that the majority of Britons will be obese by 2050 if weight gain in the population continues at the current rate.

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Scientists predict that in just over 40 years, 60 per cent of men, 50 per cent of women and a quarter of all children in the UK are likely to be clinically obese.

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