Boston kids top the obese stats

Childrens gym classes at PRSA.'L-R Chris Chester - fitness instructor and Benjahmin Baker - operations manager.
Childrens gym classes at PRSA.'L-R Chris Chester - fitness instructor and Benjahmin Baker - operations manager.

ONE in eight children in Boston are obese before they even start school – and the numbers increase as they get older.

Worrying figures released by Lincolnshire County Council show the proportion of reception age youngsters who are obese in the area is higher than anywhere else in the county and higher than the national average of just below 10 per cent. Obesity levels are also above average for children in year six, with about 22 per cent of pupils falling within that category.

A number of strategies are in place to help youngsters across the county to beat the bulge, but The Standard is now joining the fight against this concerning trend, by teaming up with the PRSA to offer a free junior class for all, in a bid to kick-start a fit and healthy lifestyle.

A spokesman for the centre said: “At the PRSA we believe that having an early introduction to fitness will provide a positive, healthy future for children to maintain fitness in their adult lives.”

Obesity has been a concern in Boston for some time. The town was dubbed fattest place in the UK in 2006, when more than 30 per cent of the adult population was classed as obese.

Things have improved slightly since then, but these figures from the council’s Draft Childhood Obesity Strategy for Lincolnshire show there is still an issue in the area, as there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of obese kids.

In a report to the authority’s health scrutiny committee, assistant director of public health Lynne McNiven stated: “We cannot afford to be complacent, and all areas of Lincolnshire require a consistent life course approach to reducing childhood obesity.”

Promotion of active lifestyle and food form a large part of the strategy.

Pick up your Boston Standard this week for your free class voucher