National Child Measurement Programme

The National Child Measurement Programme annually measures the height and weight of children in Reception year and Year 6 in maintained schools in England. The programme began in 2006 and provides the most robust source of child obesity data in England.

  • Methodology: Measured height and weight classified using the ‘population monitoring’ thresholds of the 85th and 95th percentiles of the British 1990 growth reference population (UK90) to classify children as overweight or obese.(In clinical settings the 91st and 98th percentiles tend to be used.) Data on child's ethnicity and geography also collected.
  • Start date: 2006/07
  • Frequency of survey: Annually
  • Most recent return: 2015/16
  • Commissioned by: Public Health England
  • Data stored by: Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Coverage: GOR, LA, school, LSOA
  • Caveats: Relies on good uptake rates and completion of ethnicity and postcode data fields.
  • Link to data source: NCMP on NHS Digital website, NCMP local authority profile
  • Link to associated reports: National Child Measurement Programme: England 2015/16 Report and Data

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