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National Child Measurement Programme, England, 2021/22 school year

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National Child Measurement Programme, England, 2021/22 school year


Summary

This report presents findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2021/22 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, deprivation and ethnicity as well as geographic analyses.


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Key Facts

The prevalence of Reception children living with obesity decreased

From 14.4% in 2020/21 to 10.1% in 2021/22

This is higher than pre-pandemic levels

The prevalence of Year 6 children living with obesity decreased

From 25.5% in 2020/21 to 23.4% in 2021/22

This is higher than pre-pandemic levels

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

In Reception, 10.3% of boys were living with obesity compared to 9.9% of girls

In Year 6, 26.4% of boys were living with obesity compared to 20.4% of girls

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

13.6% of Reception children living in the most deprived areas were living with obesity compared to 6.2% of those living in the least deprived areas

31.3% of Year 6 children living in the most deprived areas were living with obesity compared to 13.5% of those living in the least deprived areas




Last edited: 12 December 2022 1:37 pm