Guernsey children obesity trend 'troubling', says official

Related Stories

One in every three nine and 10-year-olds are either overweight or obese in Guernsey, figures suggest.

The School Nursing staff team, along with the Education Department, surveyed primary school children and compared their weight and height against the national average.

Their findings suggest that diet and lack of exercise are to blame.

Lynn Spencer, health promotion officer, said: "The current trend towards unhealthy living is troubling."

"Adults aged 19 to 64 years should aim for a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity over one week.

Children and Young People aged 5 to 18 should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day." she added.

The Department of Education said schools had a variety of measures in place for primary age pupils, including providing nutritional advice to parents and pupils.

The survey is the first of its kind in the Bailiwick, and the States confirmed officials will continue to study the weight of children over the next few years.

Christine Jewell, a school nurse who specialises in weight management, said the survey was "an important step in understanding the extent of any problem we might have".

Guernsey's Health Promotion Unit has been helping people get the necessary information on health and fitness, via a pop-up shop in St Peter Port.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Guernsey

Weather

Guernsey Airport

17 °C 16 °C

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexSeeding science Watch

    The retired professor who turned village children into engineers


  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.