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 

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