New Statistics Published on Heart Disease in Children

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:00

The British Heart Foundation has published the first Coronary Heart Disease statistics supplement to focus on children and young people, presenting a wider range of statistics concerning their behaviour and health.

The statistics were produced by Nick Townsend, Prachi Bhatnagar, Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Julianne Williams, Daniel Vujcich and Mike Rayner from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group based at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Download the report from the British Heart Foundation website here.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Around 30% of children and young people are overweight or obese.
  • Data from England show an increase in the percentage of obese children from 11% of boys and 12% of girls in 1995 to 17% of boys and 16% of girls in 2011. The past five years of data have not shown such alarming increases in childhood obesity in the UK.
  • Less than 1 in 5 children in the UK are meeting the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

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