Child Obesity Data Sources

  • Health Survey for England (HSE)
    The Health Survey for England is an annual survey undertaken since 1991. Since 1995 the survey has also covered children aged 2-15 years and children under 2 since 2002. The survey is commissioned by the Information Centre to monitor the health of the population.

  • National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
    The National Child Measurement Programme annually weighs and measures children in reception year and year six in maintained schools in England. The programme began in 2005. It was formerly known as the National Childhood Obesity Dataset and now provides the most robust source of childhood obesity data in England.

  • Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)
    The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP surgeries in England. The QOF clinical register on obesity was started in 2006/7 and is based on patients aged 16 and over with a BMI greater or equal to 30. Current prevalence figures are unadjusted, subject to practice compliance and do not capture non-registered or non-attending patients.