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National Child Measurement Programme, England 2020/21 School Year

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National Child Measurement Programme, England 2020/21 School Year


Text added to Introduction section

Text has been added to the Introduction section to make information in the Methodology and Data Quality section and table A2 more accessible. This clarifies that many Local Authorities measured in additional schools and data on 299,000 pupils was submitted and used.

16 November 2021 18:00 PM

Summary

This report presents findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2020/21 school year.

It covers children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) in mainstream state-maintained schools in England. The report contains analyses of Body Mass Index (BMI) classification rates by age, sex and ethnicity as well as geographic analyses.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020/21 collection was carried out as a sample and statistical weighting was applied to the data to produce an estimate of obesity prevalence at national level. Data quality investigations determined that weighted 2020/21 data is representative of the population and results are broadly comparable to previous years. Further information can be found in the data quality section.


In Reception, obesity prevalence has increased

9.9% in 2019/20 to 14.4% in 2020/21

In Year 6, obesity prevalence has increased

21.0% in 2019/20 to 25.5% in 2020/21

Boys have a higher obesity prevalence than girls for both age groups

In Reception, 14.8% of boys were obese compared to 14.1% of girls

In Year 6, 29.2% of boys were obese compared to 21.7% of girls

Children living in the most deprived areas were more than twice as likely to be obese, than those living in the least deprived areas

20.3% of Reception children living in the most deprived areas were obese compared to 7.8% of those living in the least deprived areas

33.8% of Year 6 children living in the most deprived areas were obese compared to 14.3% of those living in the least deprived areas


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