Nine-per-cent of Wakefield pre-schoolers obese

Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One in five five-year-olds has tooth decay in the Wakefield area and almost one in 12 is obese, according to a new report.

The figures, produced by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), look at levels of obesity, tooth decay, injury and early childhood development for under-fives across England.

However the overall statistics show that children in the Wakefield area live in one of the least-deprived areas in England, coming 56th out of 150 local authorities in the charity’s Deprivation Extent Rankings.

Across Wakefield, 367 four and five-year-olds - or 9.2 per cent - suffer from obesity.

1,496 children, or 38.9 per cent, were already showing signs of tooth decay. The national average is 25 per cent.

Children aged 0-4 were also less likely than most to be admitted to hospital due to injury. The Wakefield figure was 170 per 10,000 children.

And only 15 local authorities had more children achieve a good level of development by the end of reception.

In Wakefield the figure was 60.3 per cent, compared to 60.4 per cent nationally.