Release: National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) 2015/16

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NHS Digital have released the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) results for the 2015/16 school year.

Children in reception class (aged 4 to 5 years) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years) have their height and weight measured to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within state-maintained primary schools. This data is used at a national level to support local public health initiatives and inform the local planning and delivery of services for children.

The West Sussex Public Health and Social Research Unit have completed a data briefing (NCMP: 2015/16) to summarise childhood obesity prevalence at a local level.

Key Facts

  • In England, over a fifth of reception children were overweight or obese, and in year 6 it was over a third. Nationally, the prevalence of obesity has increased since 2014/15 in both reception and year 6.

  • In West Sussex, prevalence of obesity was lower than national, but not regional levels; with 19.9% of reception age children (4-5 years old) and 30.4% of year 6 children (10-11 years old) measured as overweight or obese.

  • Within local authorities, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is varied. For both school years, there was no significant change in the percentage of overweight/obese children for any one local authority within West Sussex compared to the previous year.