According to the Department of Health (DH) Student Health Service, childhood obesity rate has been maintaining the upward trend in the last decade and the trend continues. Researches nowadays confirmed that overweight children are more likely to stay obese in their adulthood. As evidence is clear that adult obesity is associated with many chronic diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, stroke and cancers, public health measures aiming at control of childhood obesity has become imperative.

Therefore, DH has, together with the Education and Manpower Bureau (now Education Bureau) launched the "EatSmart@school.hk" Campaign (ESS) since the year of 2006. Joining hand in hand with major stakeholders in the education sector, an "EatSmart@School Campaign Steering Committee" was formed to steer the planning and implementation of health promotion programme related to healthy eating in primary schools. Apart from the setting up a"School Nutri-Agent Project" in 2006/07 school year, the project was further upgraded into the current "EatSmart School Accreditation Scheme (ESAS)" in the 2009/10 school year.

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