The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of over one-million children in Reception (age 4-5 years) and Year 6 (age 10-11 years) each year in primary schools in England.

  • The NCMP is an excellent source of surveillance data which helps increase understanding of the patterns and trends in underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity among the child population.
  • To help identify pockets of high child obesity prevalence within local authorities, data has been produced for small areas. However, this has been aggregated for multiple years.
  • Full data and further information can be found on the Fingertips website.

The maps below show small area data for Suffolk.

  • Data is pooled for 2020/21 – 2022/23.
  • The grey arrows on the top left of the map enable you to move between different measures.
  • When you click on an area on the map, a pop up box appears and it allows you to view:
    • The name and code for the Electoral Division selected
    • Click the small arrow near the top right of the pop up to view the the NCMP data, specifically:
    • The name and code of the small area (MSOA) selected
    • The percentage figure (for example the percentage of children overweight in the area) (Value)
    • Upper (Upper_CI) and lower (Lower_CI) confidence intervals for the percentage value
    • The number of people counted within the indicator (for example the total number of children measured as overweight) and the denominator (total children measured)
    • Whether the area is statistically significantly better, similar, or worse for the measure selected compared to the wider local authority area (LA_compare), or England (En_compare)
    • Where the value is 0 and no comparison is available, this means the data are suppressed for disclosure control reasons.