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National child measurement programme (NCMP): trends in child BMI

By June 4, 2020National News

The key findings from this year’s child weight trends report from Public Health England are:

  • obesity and excess weight prevalence is showing a downward trend in Reception boys which is driven by a decrease in prevalence for all pupils apart from those in the most deprived areas which showed no change
  • Reception girls and Year 6 boys and girls are seeing an upward trend in the prevalence of obesity and excess weight which is driven by increases for pupils from the most deprived areas which is offsetting any decreases seen for pupils from the least deprived areas
  • for Reception girls, the White British ethnic group was the only the only ethnic group showing an upward trend
  • severe obesity is increasing among Reception girls and Year 6 boys and girls
  • inequalities are widening in obesity, excess weight, and severe obesity across all age and sex groups

You can read the full report here (opens in a new tab)

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