The number of obese children in Malta’s schools is higher than ever.
Shocking new research has discovered a staggering 40 per cent of kids are clinically obese.
The survey found that four of out 10 children between aged between three and 16 were overweight for their age.
It is the first time that such a study was carried out in Malta.
Health officials said it was ‘deeply worrying’ that more children were leaving primary school obese than ever before.
Malta’s director of public health Dr Paula Vassallo revealed the shocking statistics during the launch of a new masterplan to tackle childhood obesity.
The guidelines focus on diet, portion control and persuading children to take part in sports or exercise for at least an hour a day.
Dr Vassallo said time spent watching TV or playing on smartphones should be limited to no more than two hours a day.
Previous studies have shown that Maltese girls are the fattest in Europe.
Last year, researchers at Imperial College London found Malta tipped the scales as the tubbiest nation in the EU with 26 percent of its adults classified as obese.