MORE Oxfordshire children are obese, according to new figures. The Government’s child weight measurement scheme shows there has been a reduction in the number of underweight children and an increase in both overweight and obese children aged four to 11 in the county. Every year, children in reception year, aged from four, and year six, aged from 10, are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Their results are then calculated individually to work out their Body Mass Index (BMI), to see what their body fat percentage is. The results are analysed to see if they fall within a “healthy range” and are sent in a report to parents along with additional healthy eating and lifestyle information. When the weight measurement scheme started in 2006, 12.2 per cent of reception pupils were classed as overweight and eight per cent were classed as obese. The figures for 2009 show the percentage of overweight four- to five-year-olds has risen to 14.6 per cent. The number of those who are classed as obese has increased to 8.7 per cent. This is why we feel it's massively important that both children and parents understand what they are eating. We run regular Healthy Eating Workshops around the county or here in our Cookery School Kitchen. Pudding Pie Cookery School, trying to change the trend.