29 Sep, 2017

NCMP trends 2006/07 – 2015/16: Detailed report, summary of findings and supplementary dataset

The PHE Obesity Risk Factors Intelligence team has published the latest National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) trends report: Changes in children’s body mass index between 2006/07 and 2015/16.

The report explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as well as changes in mean BMI over time. Trends within different socioeconomic and ethnic groups are examined to determine whether existing health inequalities are widening or becoming smaller. The report shows that obesity is stabilising in Reception girls and there is a downward trend in obesity in Reception boys. In Year 6 however, there is a significant upward trend in obesity among both boys and girls, with slightly higher rates of increase than found last year. Inequalities continue to widen between the most deprived and least deprived children across both sexes and year groups. For the first time, the report also maps the trend of childhood obesity across local authority areas.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) trends report: Changes in children’s body mass index between 2006/07 and 2015/16.

The report is accompanied by a summary of main findings and a supplementary dataset which are all available at www.gov.uk