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National Child Measurement Programme, England, Provisional 2021/22 School Year Outputs

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National Child Measurement Programme, England, Provisional 2021/22 School Year Outputs


This report presents provisional findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2021/22 school year.

This report is based on the NCMP data that had been submitted to NHS Digital by 23rd May 2022.

The findings presented here are based on children that were measured between September 2021 and May 2022 and whose measurements had been submitted to the national system before the extract was taken. Final data for the full 2021/22 school year is expected to be published in November 2022.

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 and sex.

Data quality investigations determined that the provisional 2021/22 data is representative of the population and results are broadly comparable to previous years. Further information can be found in the data quality section.

The NCMP series of publications are badged as national statistics. As this report is a supplementary provisional report based on an incomplete dataset, this report is being released as an official statistics publication.

In Reception, obesity prevalence has decreased

14.4% in 2020/21 to 10.4% in 2021/22

In Year 6, obesity prevalence has decreased

25.5% in 2020/21 to 23.5% in 2021/22

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

In Reception, 10.6% of boys were obese compared to 10.2% of girls

In Year 6, 26.5% of boys were obese compared to 20.3% of girls

Access the code used to create this report

The code used to create the outputs for this report is available on our NHS Digital GitHub webpage.

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Last edited: 11 August 2022 10:02 am