National Child Measurement Programme

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the weight and height of children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) to monitor levels of overweight and obesity in primary schools.  Data from the NCMP can be used to inform the local planning and delivery of services.

Key points for Cambridgeshire, 2012/13

  • 7.6% of Reception pupils and 15.7% of Year 6 pupils in Cambridgeshire were recorded as obese.
  • Fenland had the highest proportion of recorded obese pupils in both school years, but the proportions did not differ significantly to Cambridgeshire. South Cambridgeshire had a statistically significantly low proportion of obese Year 6 pupils compared to the county.
  • The majority of districts experienced decreases in their child obesity proportions between 2011/12 and 2012/13, with a notable decrease seen in Fenland for both Reception and Year 6 pupils.

NCMP data for Cambridgeshire are presented by district, Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), sex, ethnicity, deprivation and Office for National Statistics (ONS) Area Classifications in our  Cambridgeshire NCMP briefing (1.21 MB).

For more information on the NCMP see http://www.hscic.gov.uk/ncmp