Research and analysis

Weight change in primary school age children

Analysis of data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in 4 local authorities from 2006 to 2015.


Changes in the weight status of children between the first and final years of primary school

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This report examines how weight status tracks in individual children during primary school using the NCMP data from 4 local authorities.

The participating authorities had a larger than the national average proportion of children from deprived and Black and Asian ethnic communities. The data is therefore not nationally representative.

To date, analysis of NCMP data has shown that the prevalence of obesity doubles between Reception and Year 6, and is higher in children from certain black and minority ethnic groups and those from the most deprived areas.

Published 14 March 2017