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Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults and being overweight could cause 10 types of cancer.
In some regions, there are particularly high numbers of overweight and obese children in Year 6, with Southwark and Newham in London having the highest proportion at 43.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: "Falling rates of obesity in reception age children is promising, but the fact remains that we now have more children leaving primary school overweight or obese and this is unacceptable.
Kids who saw the overweight character took more candies (an average of 4) than those who saw the mug or the normal-weight character (2).
In about 1,200 cases, parents were overweight or obese but their teen was not.
The highest numbers of overweight adolescents were found among black youth (36.
The 12% of Americans who say companies should be able to refuse to hire those who are significantly overweight is down slightly from 16% in 2005 and 17% in 2008.
The results show that South Asia has seen a steady increase in overweight and obesity since 1980, with the rate of overweight or obese adults rising from 16 per cent to 21 per cent in 2013.
am increasingly concerned that society may be normalising being overweight.
GlobalData's epidemiological analysis forecasts that prevalent cases of overweight in the 9MM (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil, and Canada) will increase from 250.
Being overweight and obese can store up problems in later life such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
8% of adults in England are overweight or obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over.