Maternal and children’s healthy weight
Good health in the school years helps to maintain good health and well-being throughout life. It is important that children develop healthy habits about food and activity. Growing with appropriate weight gain helps to avoid obesity in later life.
It is important that children eat a healthy diet to ensure they get the nutrition they need to help them grow into healthy adults. Children who are a healthy weight are more self-confident, have a better ability to learn and are much less likely to have health problems later in life.
Physical activity helps children maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to develop strong bones and muscles. Children aged 5 to 18 years old should be active for 60 minutes every day.
For leisure activities in the area go to Lincs Inspire .
If you want activities the whole family can take part in together then Change4Life has some great games and ideas.
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Why your child’s weight matters
Children are getting heavier and that is bad news for their health, especially as they get older. Evidence shows that overweight children are likely to become overweight adults, with worsening health problems as they get older. In adults, being overweight is linked to type 2 diabetes, and increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers. But health is not the only issue. Overweight children could also be affected by:
- teasing or bullying
- low self-esteem
- embarrassment when playing games or sports
- difficulty in being active (for example, getting breathless quickly)
- difficulties sleeping
Even if your child is not overweight or obese, it is important that they eat healthily and are physically active. One of the best ways to teach your children to eat well and move more is to do so yourself and as a family.
Weighing and measuring children
Every year as part of the National Child Measurement Programme children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured at school by the School Nursing Service. This information is used by the local authority and Public Health England to plan and provide better health services for children.
Each parent is notified of the programme commencing and receives a letter outlining their child’s height and weight. You can find out what this means by entering the values in the NHS Choices Healthy Weight Calculator .
If you have concerns about your child’s weight please contact your family GP.