Public Health England

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 2014/15 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. Five years worth of data combined for obesity prevalence provides inequalities data for sex, deprivation and ethnic group by local authority. Data quality indicators are also available in this tool, for example rate of participation in the NCMP.

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

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