National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
The latest information shows:
- 1 in 4 (25.3%) children in Reception year are overweight or obese
- 1 in 3 (30.9%) children in Year 6 are overweight or obese.
By obtaining the height and weight measurements of children, the National Child Measurement Programme are able to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) for each child. Participating in the programme is not compulsory, however it works on an opt-out basis. The BMI information is then used to determine whether children are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. A child's BMI is calculated differently to an adult's BMI, you can check with the main NCMP page here.
The National Child Measurement Programme data for Cornwall also shows a link between areas of deprivation and higher rates of children being overweight or obese. By allowing children to participate in the National Child Measurement Programme, we are able to monitor the growth and health of children, offering support and guidance towards a healthier lifestyle as appropriate. The data obtained allows the local health authority to channel resources to specific areas or families who may benefit. At the end of the day, the health of our child population is just as important, and it is essential that the best support is available to them and their families.
Find out more from the NCMP Team
There is more about the NCMP in Cornwall and some helpful short videos explaining the process on the Council website
Cornwall Healthy Weight Team
The Cornwall Healthy Weight team, who are also part of the Health Promotion Service, are also on hand to help with weight matters. They are a fantastic, friendly team who are working with school nurses and the NCMP to provide individual, tailored support for those who need to achieve a healthy weight. You can find more information on the Cornwall Healthy Weight website.