Eleven children in England are listed as having a BMI of 40 or more in 2014/2015, and a total of 475 have a BMI of 35 or more. These children could be classed as morbidly obese, which means they show symptoms of high blood pressure, diabetes or other obesity-related health conditions.
The child with the highest BMI listed in the National Child Measurement Programme had a BMI of 41.2 and weighed 15.8 stone.
The heaviest child who had a BMI of 35 or more weighed 16.5st. Their BMI was 37.
The average weight of an adult male in Britain is 12st 6lbs
The cases outlined represent the extreme end of the crisis but we recognise there is a wider problem,’ said Dr Adrian Phillips, director of Public Health in Birmingham.’
‘We can only tackle this if individuals, parents and grandparents, councils, health professionals and the Government work together for the good of our children.’
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) records height and weight measurements of children in reception class and Year Six in state schools in England.