NCMP Introduction

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of over one-million children aged 4-5 and 10-11 years each year in primary schools in England. The NCMP is an excellent source of surveillance data which helps increase understanding of the patterns and trends in underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity among the child population.

NCMP data from 2006/07 to 2015/16 are now available in this online data tool. Prevalence of underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity for children in Reception (age 4-5 years) and Year 6 (age 10-11 years) can be examined at local authority level. Data quality indicators are also available in this tool, for example rate of participation in the NCMP.

Five years worth of data combined for obesity prevalence provides inequalities data for sex, deprivation and ethnic group by local authority. This data is available for the last two indicators in the drop down menu on the inequalities data tab:

Local authority data has been changed from local authority of school, to local authority of child residence.

Data on child obesity and excess weight at small area level

To help understand some of the diversity within local authorities and examine pockets of high obesity prevalence, Public Health England produces child weight data by MSOA and Ward for all of England. The spreadsheets at the following link provide trend data on the prevalence of excess weight (overweight including obesity) from 2010/11 to 2015/16 and obesity from 2008/09 to 2015/16. Data from the NCMP is presented for 2011 Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA), 2015 Electoral Wards, 2015 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), 2013 local authorities, and England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/child-obesity-and-excess-weight-at-small-area-level-data-up-to-2015-to-2016

Recent updates

Jan 2014

2012/13 data added

Feb 2015

2013/14 data added

Feb 2016

2014/15 data added. Five-year rolled obesity prevalence added with inequalities data for sex, deprivation and ethnicity at a local authority level. Local authority data has been changed from local authority of school, to local authority of child residence.

Aug 2016

Overweight data added

Feb 2017

2015/16 data added

March 2017

2015/16 participation rates added