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, 2015/16

  • 6.9% of Reception pupils and 14.9% of Year 6 pupils in Cambridgeshire were recorded as obese.
  • Fenland and Huntingdonshire have higher recorded obesity proportions in both age groups in comparison to the Cambridgeshire average, as well as East Cambridgeshire pupils in Year 6.  None of the districts, however, are significantly different to Cambridgeshire or England.
  • In general all districts experienced decreases in their Reception prevalence between 2014/15 and 2015/16.  However, with the exception of Cambridge where there was a notable decrease in rates, all the Year 6 prevalence figures remained stable or increased in the remaining Cambridgeshire districts over this time period.  There was a considerable increase in Year 6 Fenland prevalence.

NCMP data for Cambridgeshire are presented by district, electoral ward, sex, ethnicity, deprivation and Office for National Statistics (ONS) Area Classifications in our File Cambridgeshire NCMP briefing, 2013/14 to 2015/16

Previous reports:

  PDF icon Cambridgeshire NCMP briefing, 2008/09 to 2012/13

For more information on the NCMP see