This report summarises the key findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) 2007/08. The report provides high level analysis of the prevalence of "underweight", "healthy weight", "overweight" and "obese" children, in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years), measured in the school year 2007/08. Where possible, comparisons have also been made with the 2006/07 NCMP results.
When interpreting the results, it is important to consider the possible effects of participation rate on prevalence rates.
Since the participation rate was less than 100 per cent, data will be missing for certain children. If these missing data were atypical, results could be biased For example, if children with higher BMI scores opted out of being measured, overweight and obese prevalence would be underestimated.