Healthy Eating and Healthy Weight


Developing good eating habits as a child has been shown to have significant impact on adult behaviours later in life and healthy eating; more than physical activity, has the greatest impact on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for both adults and children. Childhood obesity data in Somerset remains critical with a third of Year 6 children either overweight or very overweight. While Parents have the foremost responsibility to monitor their children’s diet and weight and influence their eating habits and lifestyles, schools have a key role to play in providing good quality school meals and education about food.


Obesity Rates 2014/15 Reception (4-5 years)

  • Somerset 9.1% children are obese
  • England average 9.3% (Eng. worst 14.8%) 

Obesity Rates 2014/15 Year 6 (10-11 years)

  • Somerset 15.9% children are obese (in some areas this reaches 18.4%)
  • England average 18.9% (Eng. Worst 27.5%)

This equates to:


  • One in five children in Reception is overweight or obese (boys 23.2%, girls 21.2%)
  • One in three children in Year 6 is overweight or obese (boys 34.8%, girls 31.8%)

Resources to help support Healthy Eating


Eatwell Plate - The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of foods and drinks we should consume to have a healthy, balanced diet. It divides the food we eat into 5 main groups. It can be used in schools, settings and at home to plan meals and understand a healthy diet.


Eatwell Guide

Eatwell Guide Booklet


Change4Life - Change4Life aims to help families improve their diet and increase their levels of exercise. They also produce guidance and activities that schools can use to promote children staying active during school holidays on their specially designed School Zone pages.


C4L - Top tips for Healthy Eating