This report uses National Child Measurement Programme data to examine the changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) between 2006 to 2007 and 2015 to 2016
The report explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as well as changes in mean BMI over time. It is aimed at local authorities and other organisations who want to examine detailed trends in child weight category prevalence over time, and how these vary by health inequality.
Trends within different socioeconomic and ethnic groups are examined to determine whether existing health inequalities are widening or becoming smaller.
The report shows that obesity is stabilising in Reception girls and there is a downward trend in obesity in Reception boys. In Year 6 however, there is a significant upward trend in obesity among both boys and girls, with slightly higher rates of increase than found last year. Inequalities continue to widen between the most deprived and least deprived children across both sexes and year groups. For the first time, the report also maps the trend of childhood obesity across local authority areas.
The report is accompanied by a summary of main findings and a supplementary dataset.
National Child Measurement Programme: changes in children’s body mass index between 2006 to 2007 and 2015 to 2016:
See also: National child measurement programme