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National Child Measurement Programme, England - 2017/18 School Year [PAS]

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The prevalence of obesity has increased in year 6 from 20.0% in 2016/17 to 20.1% in 2017/18.

For reception it remained similar at 9.5% in 2017/181.

Over a longer time period, obesity prevalence is lower for reception compared to 2006/07 but higher for year 6 compared to 2009/102.

Severe obesity prevalence is similar for reception but higher for year 6 over the same time periods.


1. The change from 9.6% in 2016/17 is not statistically significant.    

2. For year 6 comparisons are not possible with the first years of the NCMP (2006/07 to 2008/09) as obesity prevalence was an underestimate due to low participation. This, and the impact of other improvements in data quality, should be considered when making comparisons over time. More details in annex B.

For more information: Table 1b, National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2017/18 school year.     

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